The Kite Loft
The Kite Loft
511 Boardwalk
Ocean City, MD 21842
Phone: (410) 289-7855
Toll Free: 800-682-5483
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The Year 2010 marked the 35th anniversary of The Kite Loft, retailing kites, kite accessories, aerial toys, windsocks, banners, yard ornaments, and other fun products for everyone!
From its humble beginnings on a side street off the ocean in downtown Ocean City, Maryland, The Kite Loft now boasts two kite shop retail stores in Ocean City MD, with its headquarters on 5th Street on the Boardwalk. The Kite Loft hosts worldwide kiting events annually. These kiting events draw contestants, exhibitors and visitors from around the world. Contestants display their kite flying talents with stunt kites and other kites with unique kite flying abilities and wonders.
Entry into the Kite Loft store transports you to a world of brilliant colors, spinning windsocks, flying toys, whizzing rubberbands, floating kinetics, tinkling wind chimes, sky chairs, windwheels and, of course, lots of kites.
The Kite Loft was founded by Bill "King of the Wind" Ochse, who by his sheer energy and natural charisma managed to elevate Ocean City to its status of Kite Capital of the World by 1978. Currently, The Kite Loft is owned and operated by Jay and Mary Lynn Knerr who have strived to maintain that status. Ocean City, Maryland hosts two International Kite Festivals, held every last weekend in April and third weekend after Labor Day.
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April 24 `20
Maryland International Kite Expo
On the Beach between 2nd and 6th Streets

Save the dates: The Kite Loft's Maryland International Kite Exposition (MIKE) April 24-26, 2020 in Ocean City, Maryland USA!

The Maryland International Kite Exposition will feature three fun filled days of kite flying on the beautiful beaches of Ocean City, Maryland USA.

Throughout the festival, there will be exhibitions and demonstrations including stunt and power kite lessons, free games and activities, and much more! The festival will showcase some of the best kites and kite flyers from the USA and world. Kites of all shapes and sizes will be on display including some massive character and theme based kites.

On behalf of The Kite Loft and The Town of Ocean City we welcome everyone to join in the festivities. Bring your family for several days of good old fashion kite flying. Stroll the beach and boardwalk as a spectator enjoying the colorful sky and ground displays or fly your own kite(s). Remember when we say “Go Fly a Kite”, we mean it.

GUIDELINES FOR FUN at the 2020 Maryland International Kite Expo & Mid-Atlantic Sport Kite Championship.

There are amazing things to see and enjoy at MIKE and MASKC: kites of all shapes & sizes flying in the sky, ground displays featuring colorful banners & inflatable objects, giant bubbles, sport kite demonstrations and competitions, kite flying lessons and more.

All activities are wind and weather dependent. Dry weather & a steady breeze are important for kite flying. It is also possible to have too much wind.
To make sure everyone has a great experience, it is important to follow a few BASIC GUIDELINES FOR FUN!

Spectators can enjoy MIKE/MASKC from the boardwalk or the beach. There are designated areas for activities and different types/sizes of kites. (see field map) Please do not enter the competition or demonstration fields.

It is important for spectators and kitefliers to BE AWARE! Always LOOK UP & LOOK DOWN! Be careful as you walk through the flying fields. It is possible to be looking up at the beautiful kites only to trip over a ground anchor or ground display at your feet, or walk into flying line.

* Kites are tethered to ground anchors using strong lines.
* Kites occasionally fall out of the sky, kite lines can break and kites can break free from ground anchors without warning.
* Changes in wind speed or direction will also cause the kites to change flight direction or come down.
* Kites may range in size from several inches to over 100 feet long, Some kites have hard s (sticks) while others are soft kites/inflatables with fabric that fills with air.
* Kites may have multiple lines supporting or controlling them.

Please ask your children to be responsible and to stay close to you. It is easy for excited young visitors to get separated or wander away.

Please DO NOT TOUCH the kites, lines or ground displays without the kite owner’s permission!

Most important…HAVE FUN! Meet & talk with the kiters! Ask questions! Kitefliers are friendly and love to talk about their creations, experiences and share kite flying tips. HAVE MORE FUN by flying a kite!
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