As if Mary Poppins had snapped her fingers, the downpour finally cleared on Saturday for a series of kites to fly in the sunny skies over Graf Park in Wheaton.
Kites and moods were lighter than air at the Go Fly a Kite festival hosted by the Wheaton Park District, an annual spring ritual.
In a northeasterly wind of about 20 miles per hour, a gentle breeze by National Weather Service standards, kids didn’t have to hold onto the strings of their kites tight Saturday morning, especially with the help of a parent.
A “Grand Launch” was the start of a colorful kite flying day. The event also included kite demonstrations, kite sales and a small business expo.