Cannon Kite Karnival

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Nashawn Hare, 9, works to detangle his kite’s tale from its string.

Liliana Castillo

Flying kites was a family affair for the Naddell family on Saturday at the eighth annual Cannon Air Force Base Kite Karnival.

Armed with a dragon kite and a fairy kite, the family of five took turns launching the kites and controlling them from the ground.

Adrianne Naddell and Capt. Nathan Naddell purchased the kites when they lived in Tucson but the city lacked one thing they needed: Wind.

“This is the perfect place to fly a kite,” four-year-old Emerson Naddell said. “I like living here.”

Making his annual appearance, Roswell resident and American Kitefliers Association member Dennis Ware brought a trunk full of kites. His son Mike Ware and granddaughter Marie Ware came with him.

Marie Ware, 6, was charged with controlling a large dragon kite. She took the control with no hesitation. Her father Mike Ware said she is comfortable with kites because she has been around them her entire life.

Another family continued a tradition nearby. Portales resident Craig Stark and his granddaughter Allison Chiancio, 5, have attended each year. This year they brought along a grandson for the first time.