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Division I - For Kites under 3 feet in height.
Class A - For kite flown highest with 200 yards of string.
Class B - For kites taking most airing in 30 minutes.
Division II - For kites of 3 feet in height.
Class A - For kite flown highest with 200 yards of rope, wire or string.
Class B - For kite taking most string in 20 minutes.
Division III - Tailless Kites
Class A - For kite flown highest with 200 yards of string
Class B - For kite taking most string in 30 minutes.
Division IV - Kites made and flown by boys under 12 years of age. Class A & B were the same as Division III above.
Division V - Most original kite of any size or shape.
Division VI - Kite fight - All kites entered will be equipped on the corners with knives, glass or razor blades and attempt to cut the string of the other kites in the air.
One kite entered in the kite fight had thirty-six Gillette blades on its tail. Another kite had a propeller that turned while the kite was in flight and each blade of the propeller was edged with razor blades.
The contest was won by Lee Allison who had equipped the tail of his kite with a spinning contrivance that outdid all comers. Lee cut down five kites and won a large Orcho harp containing four keyboards.
The second kite contest was
held on March 5, 1928, and over 3,000 people witnessed the event.
Seven major events were staged that day and the tournament was held on
the aviation field of the San Angelo airways combine. Troop 2 of
the First Christian Church won the main event for having put the most kites
in the air. Signal flags, given by the council, and a gas lantern
donated by Findlater Hardware Company, were awarded the troop.
The smallest kite to fly, event number three, was a midget three and a half inch affair, sent aloft by John Crotty. He was awarded a fishing line and a pair of golf hose by E. & Q. Clothiers.
Donald Hardy won the fourth event by having the largest kite flying. He had a huge five-footer and was awarded a flashlight and Holland Jewelry Company gave him a pair of cuff links. Maurice Kleinman received a pocket knife for winning the fifth event for boys under twelve years of age.
The third year's contest was held on a Sunday afternoon, March 10, 1929, at the San Angelo Airport. Over two hundred kites were flown that day and over 10,000 people came to see the event. A free airplane ride went to the winner of the day.
William Tell Contest
J. T. Henderson won the final event, a kite fight. Kites were equipped with razor blades, broken glass and whatnot for the purpose of cutting the strings and tearing up other kites while aloft. J. T. Henderson told of the time when he accidentally cut another kid's arm while he was gesturing with his string of razor blades while talking with another Scout about his feat. Neal Sanders awarded Henderson, for winning the kite fight, a pair of arrows and Hoyt Brothers gave him a necktie.
Free Airplane Ride
The Fourth Annual Kite Contest was held on March 23, 1930 at the southeastern edge of the city where at least 500 people gathered to watch the boys compete for the grand prize of an airplane ride over the city. Jesse Coleman of Santorium, a member of Troop 3, won the airplane ride.
The smallest kite in the contest was entered by Myron Thornton of Troop 4 and was no larger than a penny match box. The largest kite, a tail-less kite seven feet tall, was entered by C. C. McGill of Troop 4.
Some half a hundred Scouts competed, entering seventy-five kites. Troop 2 led in the total number of points, scoring 83, with Troop 4 second with 50 points and Troop 3 third with 40 points. Troop 2 entered 40 kites, Troop 3 had 18, Troop 4 had 8 and Troop 7 had 6 kites.
Winners were :
Fast Altitude Kite : Jim
Garza of Troop 2
The Fifth Annual Kite Contest was held March 22, 1931. The tournament was held on the field northeast of Glenmore Place on the Christoval road. Several boys attempted an all-night endurance flight with their kites, but due to lack of wind, they failed in their attempt. During the contest parachutes were dropped from large kites with tickets on them that entitled the finder to a prize.
A merchant's balloon race
was the final event of the afternoon. Eight-foot gas balloons were
turned loose with tags of the merchants who sponsored the balloons.
The person who found one of the balloons and returned the tag to the merchant
was awarded a prize.
Material for this story was taken from "Panjandrum A History of Scouting in the Concho Valley Council 1911-2001," by Frank T. Hilton, 2001
Last Updated: January 8, 2003
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