AKA Annual Convention



The 38th AKA Annual Convention will be held in Enid, Oklahoma on Monday, September 28th to Saturday, October 3rd, 2015!

During this week, AKA will have flying exhibits open to viewing by the public including mass ascensions each day with 100 or more of the same style of kite and sport kite competitions with competitors flying their kites in intricate patterns or making them dance to music.  Kite makers will bring their flying artwork to be judged for beauty in the air and the finer points of construction.  Battles will be held with large Rokkaku kites and smaller fighter kites and there will be indoor kite flying showing kites that fly without any wind at all.

One-of-a-kind flying art by builders from all over the USA, Europe, and Asia are expected to be flying and competing for Grand Champion honors.  Miniature kites will be on display, some less than one inch in their longest dimension.  The largest kites in the sky may be up to 20 feet wide and 100 feet long.


Images from 2012 Enid Convention

Rob Cembalest flying a heart kite

Rob Cembalest flying a heart kite

Kathy Nixie as Mary Poppins

Kathy Nixie as Mary Poppins

Aaron Champie, Jerry Hershey, Ann Vondriska in the sport kite staging area

Aaron Champie, Jerry Hershey, Ann Vondriska in the sport kite staging area

Main AKA tent

Main AKA tent

Simon Crafts presenting his Harmon String Theory workshop

Simon Crafts presenting his Harmon String Theory workshop

Multiline Pairs Ballet

Multiline Pairs Ballet




Event Locations

[google_map]1201 W Willow Rd, Enid, OK 73703[/google_map]

Flying Fields – 1201 W Willow Rd, Enid, OK 73703

[google_map]301 S Independence, Enid, OK 73703[/google_map]

Event Center – 301 S Independence, Enid, OK 73703

Why should you consider the 2015 Convention in Enid, OK?

For those that attended the AKA Convention in Enid, OK in 2012, you know how well the City of Enid treated the AKA, and how great the flying fields are (wide open, grass fields.) This year, the AKA Convention will be held in a BRAND NEW convention center that includes a huge indoor facility and plenty of room for our workshops and banquets. They are all outfitted with high-tech audio/visual and excellent amenities for all of our convention attendees.

This convention will have a significant emphasis on public interaction. While workshops and banquets will still be limited to members-only, there will be many off-site activities that engage the public, including a banner parade through town (leading back to the indoor facility where there is room for over 2,000 people to watch our indoor kite competitions), a kids kite-making “flash mob”, and a miniature kite invasion  at the local library (don’t worry, these have all been planned out in advance with the support of the community). We will have plenty of space for free flies on the event fields!

And the workshops! I can’t even begin to tell you about all of the great workshops we are planning… Christian Baden Powell will be teaching about his applique techniques, Scott Skinner will be teaching about the magic of the three stick kite, and Troy Gunn will get everyone started with multi-kite flying just to name a few. Stay tuned for a full list of workshops.

  • Located in central USA
  • Successful previous AKA Convention 2012
  • Everyone who went wanted to return
  • Wonderfully helpful people
  • Sport Kite Symposium
  • Great Kite Auction
  • Kite-related Workshops
  • Fly Market
  • Kite Raffles, Awards, Friends and more

Workshop Schedule

Schedule is subject to change without notice.  Full Convention Schedule can be found here.

Class Instructor Room
9:00 – 10:15 A First-timer’s Introduction to the Convention Simon Crafts 401
9:00 – 10:15 Make and Take: Trash Bag Delta Alexa King 402 & 404
9:00 – 10:15 Pre-Judging: Kite Makers Competition Meeting Mike Mosman 405
9:00 – 10:15 Open Indoor Flying Indoor Arena
10:30 – 11:45 The Drachen Foundation Collection is Moving! Scott Skinner 405
10:30 – 11:45 Learn to Fly Indoor Kites Donna Wendt Event Center
9:00 – 10:15 Make and Take: Magic of the 3 Stick Kite Scott Skinner 402 – 404
10:30 – 11:45  Why Things Fly Ken Sumpter 402 – 404
10:30 – 11:45 Learn to Fly: Dual / Quad Line. Larry Stiles Field 2
9:00 – 10:15 Make and Take: Fighter Kite Dave Young 402-404
9:00 – 10:15 Unexpected Flying Kites Loik Lamalle 401
10:30 – 11:45 Learn to Fly Fighter Kites Bob Hegman Field 3
9:00 – 10:15 Bubble wrap Kite Park Fleming 402-404
9:00 – 10:15 Sport Kite Symposium Scott Davis 405
9:00 – 10:15 Appliqué the CBP Way! Christian Baden Powell 401
10:30 – 11:45 Post – Judging Hand Made Kites Mike Mosman 405
10:30 – 11:45 Learn to Fly: Multi-Sport Kite Basics Troy Gunn Field 1
9:00 – 10:15 How to Establish a Strong Kite Presence in Your Community Terry Zee Lee and Drake Smith 405
10:30 – Noon Make a Miniature Kite Susie Jo Skinner 402 – 404
10:30 – Noon Indoor Kitemakers’ Competition Forum Jon Burkhardt 405

Domestic airports near Enid, OK

109 miles: Will Rogers World Airport – Oklahoma City, OK (OKC / KOKC)
124 miles: Tulsa International Airport – Tulsa, OK (TUL / KTUL)
125 miles: Wichita Mid-Continent Airport – Wichita, KS (ICT / KICT)

You are encouraged to stay at the:

Spring Hill Suites
5815 KL Drive
Enid, Oklahoma  73703  USA

For more information on amenities, services and general information for Spring Hill Suites visit: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/wdgsh-springhill-suites-enid/

Images of the Spring Hill Suites

Double Suite

Double Suite



King Suite

King Suite




Almost all of the indoor activities will be at the newly renovated Enid Convention Center which is at 301 S. Independence. Hospital facilities are approximately 7 to 10 blocks from the Convention Center, with walk-in medical offices about 20 blocks west of the convention center. Grocery stores, convenience stores and many other stores are located all around town.

Additional Hotels

Comfort Inn
210 N. Van Buren
Single Room ($104)
Double Room ($104)
Breakfast Included
Country Inn & Suites
710 Mill Run Rd
Single Room ($109)
Double Room ($109)
Breakfast Included
Hampton Inn
511 Demla Court
Double/Queen ($110)
King ($110)
Breakfast Included
Ramada Inn
3005 W. Garriott
Single Room ($98.99)
Double Room ($98.99)
No Breakfast
Springhill Suites
5815 KL Drive
King Suites ($119)
Queen Suites ($119)
Breakfast Included
Maple Place B & B
418 West Maple Ave
Main House ($90 per room)
Cottages ($90 per room)

Campgrounds and RV Parks are listed at VisitEnid.org. Other accommodations are available in the immediate area, including hotels through online sites and searches.

What does the Convention Cost?

In order to attend an AKA Convention, an individual must be a current member and be officially registered for the event.

The price of registration varies from year to year and is determined by dividing the convention expenses by the expected number of attendees.  All costs of presenting an annual convention are paid from registration fees and are not subsidized by membership dues.  Costs may include receptions and banquets, room rentals, registration supplies, management and equipment such as stages and sound systems.

Basic Registration ($215 Regular / $190 Early)

Basic includes access to all Convention activities, and includes one ticket for the Friday banquet and one ticket for the Saturday Banquet. You also receive one convention logo patch in your registration goody bag and a name badge and lanyard. You must purchase a basic registration to compete.

One Day Registration ($45 Regular / $40 Early)

Allows access to all of the scheduled activities for that day and allows watching, but not participating in competitions. It does not include a banquet ticket.

Child’s Registration (20% discount from Basic Registration)

Children under the age of 15 may register for 20% off the fee in place at the time of registration.

Banquet Tickets ($40)

Extra tickets will be on sale on a first-come first-served basis for $40 per ticket. You do not have to be registered to buy and attend any of the banquets. Tickets must be purchased one day prior to the first banquet.

Why was Enid, OK chosen as the next AKA Convention site?

The Enid, Oklahoma bid said the free items would include the flying field, portable toilets, field security, shuttles between the field and the convention center, printing of programs, lanyards and goodie bags.  Enid will also provide a field sound system, tents, signs, and use of a golf cart. They really want to supply a lot to us to bring us back. There is a huge difference between them and the other four that put in any kind of a bid.  Everyone who went to Enid last time had a wonderful time and they all said they would come back again.  The whole town really knocked themselves out for us.  The people in the convention center could not do enough for us.   Enid people bent over backwards for us every time we turned around.  They are a group that knows us, knows what to expect, and wants us back!

What Is the Convention?

The AKA Convention is an annual five day gathering of kite enthusiasts, artists, and competitors. The Convention ranks as one of the largest kite gatherings in the world. Convention activities include educational workshops, games, displays, and the Grand National kite competitions for kite making and sport kite flying. Committee and general business meetings are scheduled. Other highlights are the Great Kite Auction which offers unique and hard to get kite products and a retail FlyMarket for small vendors. The Convention is held in different locations each year and is scheduled in September or October. The gathering is only open to AKA members.

For more information about the Annual Convention contact our convention manager at convention@aka.kite.org

Site bids are being accepted for 2016 (western).