Saturday in Bel Air: kite festival, farmer’s market, tree festival
BEL AIR, MD – This weekend will mark several special occasions in Bel Air.
For the 15th year, the city is coordinating with volunteers to bring the Bel Air Kite Festival to Rockfield Park as a family event.
The Bel Air Kite Festival has grown to attract thousands of Harford County residents, according to Bel Air Mayor Kevin Bianca, who said the American Kitefliers Association is also supporting the event.
During this week’s town hall meeting, Bianca proclaimed April 9 Bel Air Kite Day.
“The City of Bel Air encourages everyone in the city to fly a kite,” Bianca said. Sponsor APGFCU will donate 750 kites to Rockfield Park for the event.
City officials honored Allen Ault, who started the Bel Air Kite Festival in 2006.
Ault, his Wings Over Washington Kite Club friends and family make the event what it is, said clerk Michael Krantz, presenting a certificate of appreciation to Ault for founding the festival.
“We sincerely express our deepest appreciation and gratitude for your selfless commitment and unwavering volunteerism displayed year after year, bringing the joys of kiting to our community,” Krantz said during the town hall meeting.
The Bel Air Kite Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday April 9. If it rains, the festival will take place on Sunday, April 10. The event will be held at Rockfield Park, 501 E. Churchville Rd., Bel Air.
Check the National Weather Service’s Bel Air forecast.
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Saturday will also be Bel Air Arbor Day, the mayor announced at Monday’s town hall meeting.
“Provide tree, shrub and pollinator plantings to [sustain] urban forest is the focus of Bel Air Arbor Day 2022,” sponsored by the Bel Air Tree Committee, Bianca said, reading a proclamation designating April 9 as Bel Air Arbor Day 2022 .
Bel Air Arbor Day precedes National Arbor Day, which the Arbor Day Foundation has designated as April 29.
The Bel Air Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, and the town will be offering free seedlings to celebrate Bel Air Arbor Day.
“Get there early,” said tree committee chairman Michael Simini. Within two or two and a half hours, he said, the seedlings were usually gone.
Along with the tree donation, the mayor said the city will also provide instructions on how to care for the seedlings.
The Bel Air Farmers Market is in the parking lot of the Mary Risteau Courthouse at 2 South Bond Street from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
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