Welcome Back to Enid
The 44th Annual AKA Convention
October 9-14, 2023
For the third time in eleven years, Enid, Oklahoma will host our 44th Annual Convention, October 9-14, 2023. One of the most supportive communities in the country for all things kiting, Enid is famous for its large mowed-grass kite fields. Enid’s state-of-the-art Convention Center, Stride Bank Center, has ample space for all our workshops, banquets, meetings, gatherings and one of the best indoor flying spaces you have ever experienced. Enid is blessed with great kite flying weather in October with temperatures averaging 65 to 72 degrees and winds 12 to 19 mph out of the southwest.
There has been a lot of growth around Enid these past few years. A new hotel, The Best Western GLō, is adjacent to the Stride Bank Center, and convenient to all the downtown hotspots. There are two downtown craft breweries, new art installations, many local restaurants, coffeehouses and sweets shops, all within walking distance of the Convention Center. The “Richard Dermer Memorial Flying Fields” are located at the Autry Technology Center, just a few miles north and west of downtown. These fields have held many world-class flying competitions and North American records. Known for its multiple city block space, there are plenty of separate fields for different kites and spectator viewing. The Autry Technology Center and City of Enid staff take pride in offering us the best flying experiences ever.
If you are driving, Enid is located on US Highway 412, thirty miles west of US Interstate 35. If you are flying, Wichita, Tulsa and Oklahoma City are to closest airports serviced by all major airlines. From the airports it’s a quick car trip to Enid. Enid does have a regional airport but does not offer commercial air service.
You can make your hotel reservations at The Best Western GLō, by calling (580) 540-4172. Make sure you tell them you’re with the American Kitefliers Association for our discounted room rates.
Register today and be ready to “Stake your Claim” this October in Enid, Oklahoma. Let me be the first to say, “Welcome Back.”
President and Convention Chairman
Every morning, there will be an amazing choice of workshops, free to registered attendees. Most classes don’t require any materials, while others offer the option of buying materials at the workshop. General workshop information will be available at www.kite.org no later than September 1, 2023. Exact meeting times will be provided in the Convention Program upon arrival. The only workshop that requires preregistration is the sewing workshop.
Every afternoon, we’re planning to do lots of flying. In addition to the competitions and mass-ascensions, there will be space for show kites and demos.
When you complete the online registration, please check the question(s) "yes" if you want to bring a sewing machine, fly sport kites or compete in one or more categories of competition.
Deadlines & Refunds:
If the AKA cancels the Convention, at any time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all registration fees will be refunded 100%. Early bird discounts end August 1.
Members cancelling their own registrations prior to August 10, 2023, will receive 100% refund. Members cancelling their own registrations between August 11 and September 10, 2023 will receive 50% refund. There will be no refunds after September 10, 2023 unless the AKA cancels as noted above. (Please note that the AKA has no control over hotel reservations and/or its refund policies. If you cancel your Convention registration, remember to also contact your hotel.)
Can I register now and pay later? Yes. You can register for the Convention today but instead of making a payment, hit the "invoice me" tab. You can then pay any time before August 1, 2023 to receive the early bird discount. Unpaid registrations will automatically be suspended after August 1 and will need to be renewed at the non-discounted registration rate. You can make your hotel reservations by calling the Best Western GLō at (580) 540-4172. For discounted room rates, be sure to tell them you are with the AKA.
PLEASE NOTE: CONVENTION APPAREL MAY ONLY BE ORDERED PRIOR TO 8/1/23.
**By registering for the Convention, you agree to the following:
In consideration for the right to compete, as well as participate in the American Kitefliers Association 44th Annual National Convention and Grand National Competition (the Event), I hereby hold the American Kitefliers Association, the City of Enid, Oklahoma, the sponsors, promoter, and any and all other persons associated with the Event harmless and release them from any and all liability in connection with my participation. I agree to engage in, and promote safe, responsible flying and to adhere to all event safety rules. I agree to inspect all facilities, fields, and equipment prior to participating and to immediately share any safety concerns with event organizers. I acknowledge that kiteflying may involve risk of serious injury and/or economic losses resulting from my actions and those of others and assume this risk and agree not to sue event sponsors, organizers, owners and lessors of event locations, and event participants as well as the American Kitefliers Association, its directors, agents and volunteers for losses damages, property damage or injury. I further agree that the Event may use, without payment, permission or restriction any photograph, film, tape, or digital image in which I may appear for any purpose whatsoever. I understand that the AKA does not control the weather and that there will be no refunds given due to cancellation of any events after September 10, 2023. NOTE: by registering on behalf of a participant less than 18 years old, the parent or guardian also expressly agrees to all of the above agreement.
I HAVE READ THE ABOVE WAIVER AND RELEASE, AND UNDERSTAND I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY AGREEING TO IT VOLUNTARILY.