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FAB Kite Festival draws crowd to Pearson Springs

If anyone told you to go fly a kite April 18 at the Pearson Springs Park, you had plenty of company and plenty of fun.

Fine Arts Blount presented its first Kite Festival. The festivities took place at the park between Sandy Springs and Montvale roads.

Participants of all ages brought their own kites, bought and decorated their kites on site or purchased specialty kites at the event.

This event was funded with a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation. Also assisting were sponsors Ruby Tuesday Corporation and Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Rec Department.

Prizes and certificates were be awarded for “The Most Artistic,” “Most Humorous,” and “Most Patriotic” in three categories: ages 11 and under; ages 12-16 and ages 16 and older. There also was a special category for participating artists with a grand prize of $200 and a first, second and third “Best in Art” awards.

Winning kites will be on display during the rest of the month at ArtSpace. In May, the exhibit moves to the Blount County Public Library.

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