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Kidz 'n' Kites to provide day of family fun

This could be an opportunity to tell your youngsters to go fly a kite.

Kidz 'n' Kites, the largest kite-flying community event in Western New York, will fill the skies Saturday over Reservoir State Park, at Route 31 and Military Road.

The eighth annual free event invites families to "come fly with us in celebration of youth."

Participants 18 and younger can begin registering at 11 a.m., with activities planned from noon to 2 p.m. The first 1,000 children to enter will receive free T-shirts, kites and hot dog lunches.

Rain date is Sunday.

"What a great way to spend a Saturday with your children, and thanks to all of our sponsors, each child gets a free T-shirt, kite and a hot dog lunch," said Anthony J. Restaino, Niagara County social services commissioner. "Mark your calendar and join us for a great day of fun."

The event will feature prizes, food, Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics, music by DJ the Dee Jay and the magic of Michael Joseph.

Other activities will include a professional kite-flying demonstration by the Great Lakes Kitefliers Society, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education van, clowns, face-painting, animal and wildlife rescue groups, the Niagara Falls Fire Department's fire safety house, the Niagara Falls Police Department's mobile command center, a State Power Authority electric vehicle, Buster Bison, the 97 Rock 'O' Dile and other mascots.

Sharon M. Sloma, Niagara County deputy social services commissioner, said the event was expected to cost $8,000 to $10,000, with sponsors covering most of the outlays. Kidz 'n' Kites is coordinated by Niagara County Social Services Department. Sponsors include the Niagara County Sheriff Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, Niagara County Youth Bureau, Niagara Police Athletic League, state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Smurfit-Stone, the State Power Authority, LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, Modern Disposal, M&T Bank, Wegmans, Tops, Sahlen's and J.P. Morgan Chase.

The NFTA donates the kites, Sloma said.

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