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March 1, 2016

Contact: Dennis Peterson
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-962-2062

Spiro Mounds to host 29th annual Family Kite Flite Day

SPIRO, Okla. — Celebrate the beginning of spring at the 29th annual Family Kite Flite Day at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. Family Kite Flite Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Kite Flite Day is a free admission day, but donations are appreciated. It will be a great day for families and folks of all ages.

Each year since 1987, Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center has hosted a day of spring fun and learning. Each year more than 300 individuals and families bring lawn chairs, blankets, kids and kites and fly the winds along with fancier kites flown by professional kiters. Demonstrations by kiters from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas will include stunt kites, parafoils and other fancy kites. There will be donated kites given away by drawing throughout the day. Members of the Spiro Boy Scouts will help visitors make their own free sled kite.

Along with kite flying, young visitors will enjoy the children’s area. There will be a sandbox where children can dig in the sand for shells, jewels, coins and even a special token that can be redeemed for a kite. There also will be a bubble making area, which always draws a crowd. Vendors will be available on side with arts, crafts and various other items for sale. The grounds at Spiro Mounds are perfect for a family picnic and several vendors will be selling food. There is still space available for vendors. For more information please contact Dennis Peterson at 918-962-2062 or spiro@okhistory.org.

The Oklahoma Historical Society, Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center and the Spiro Mounds Development Association with help from the Fort Coffee Fire Department and the scout troops of Spiro sponsor this event. Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is located three miles east of Spiro, Okla., on Highway 9/271 and four miles north on Lock and Dam Road.

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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