It was eyes to the skies Saturday as attendance soared at Waynesboro's seventh annual Kite Day.
Organizers estimate more than 1,000 people came out to Coyner Springs Park for some high-flying fun. The event featured face painting, hay rides, and parachute races for people of all ages, and of course, plenty of different kinds of kites.
Volunteers helped assemble free bag kites for kids to decorate and fly. "Most of the kids this morning have been excited," said Royce Pinner, a Fishburne Military School student and Kiwanis Key Club volunteer. "I love helping kids so I always make it fun, like this one girl was very excited to watch me make her kite, so it was awesome."
The festival also featured an American flag ceremony in the middle of the park. Participants unfolded a 1,500-foot flag while patriotic tunes played. Kids were allowed to run and play under the flag before it was rolled back up and put away.