AKA Annual Convention

The 37th AKA Annual Convention will be held in Outer Banks, NC on Sep 29th to Oct 4th, 2014!

Register for the 2014 Annual Convention (secure)

This years Convention will be held Mon-Sat!

The birthplace of American aviation, Outer Banks has been host to the Wright Brothers, Paul Garber and a ton of kite notables and events over the years.

General Attractions:

http://www.nagsheadguide.com/attractions/

Airports:

Norfolk Intl – ORF (87 miles)
Newport News/Williamsburg Intl – PHF (113 miles)
Dare County Regional – MEO (12 miles)

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 the Orient will 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.

Site bids are being accepted for 2016 (western).

Convention Headquarters

You are encouraged to stay at:

Comfort Inn South Oceanfront
8031 S Old Oregon Inlet Rd
Nags Head, NC, 27959
‎1-252-441-6315

** To receive the special rate, call the number above and reference the American Kitefliers Association convention Sep 29 through Oct 5.

Activities and Schedule for AKA Convention 2014

Monday, September 29
12:00 noon – 4:00 pm Check-in at Comfort Inn South (Host Hotel)
4:00 pm – Close Early Bird Reception at the Blue Crab Tavern
Tuesday, September 30
Free flying and fighters on the beach and field 3
Auction Receiving in the ball room all day
8:30 am – 11:30 am Board of Directors meeting
12 noon Workshops (First Timer, Quad Effect Bag raffle set-up)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Mass Ascension – Field 1
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Sport kite briefing and competition, Field 1 & 2 NIB, EIB, EMP, CPP, CTP (view Sport Kite Figures)
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Indoor Fly at First Flight High School (subject to change)
Wednesday, October 1
Free Flying and fighters on the beach and field 3, Bag Raffle
8:30 am – 11:30 am Workshops (Pre competition for Kite Builders, KAP – Indoor session on Equipment, KAP Outdoor session taking pictures)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Mass Ascension – Field 1
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Sport kite briefing and competition, Field 1 & 2 MIB,EMB, OIOU, EIP, NIP, MMP  (view Sport Kite Figures)
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Annual Business meeting
Thursday, October 2
Free Flying and fighters on the beach and field 3, Bag Raffle
8:30 am – 11:30 am Workshops (Miniature Kites, Traction Kites, Sport Kite Symposium)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Mass Ascension – Field 1
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Kite Builders Competition – Flying Field 1 & 2
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Flymart, Kite Art Exhibit, Challenges Night (Miniature Kites & Pin Collections) Reception, Kite-Athlon
Friday, October 3
Free Flying and fighters on the beach and field 3, Bag Raffle
8:30 am – 11:30 am Workshops (Kite Builders – After the competition, TBD)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Mass Ascension – Field 1
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Sport kite briefing and competition, Field 1 & 2 CPB, CTB, MMB, OPMB, MIP  (view Sport Kite Figures)
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Silent Auction, Banquet and Auction
Saturday, October 4
Free Fying and fighters on the beach and field 3, Bag Raffle until Marla shuts the doors
8:30 am – 4:00 pm Festival on the Beach
8:30 am – 4:00 pm Festival on the Beach
Rokakku Battle
Mass Ascension – Field 1
Ground Display and votingFlying of kites for Peoples Choice Voting
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Banquet and Awards

Schedule is subject to change.

Registration

Basic Registration

Includes one Saturday banquet, one Sunday banquet, one patch and admission to all convention events.

Early Registration (postmark by August 16th) : $189

Regular Registration (postmark by September 13th) : $215

Late Registration (after September 13th, door only) : $240

One-Day Registration

Includes admission to all of that day’s scheduled events with the exception of competitions and banquets.  Banquet tickets may be purchased separately. Only full convention registrants are allowed to compete in trophy or Grand National Competitions.

Early Registration One-Day Registrations (postmarked by August 16th) : $40
Regular One-Day Registrations : $45

Child Discount

Registrants under 15 years not participating in the Grand National Competitions are entitled to a 20% discount.

Banquet Tickets

Basic registration includes a ticket to each of two banquets.  If you have guests attending the banquets, you may buy additional tickets for $35, depending on the day.  Because we must order the number of dinners in advance, extra banquet tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable.

Refunds

AKA’s refund policy states that any registration cancelled prior to September 15 will be refunded less $20 processing fee.  There will be no refunds after September 15.

Images from previous conventions

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.

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 but is generally around $200-$250, 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.

Lower fees are available to early registrants and late fees are charged after scheduled deadlines.
All deadlines are published with registration forms in AKA’s newsletter, Kiting.

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

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