WARNER — Jeff Eisenbeisz brought kites, and the people came.
Eisenbeisz, who organizes the annual "Let's Go Fly a Kite" event, had his doubts when he pulled up to Warner High School at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, thinking the overcast weather would be a deterrent for people.
At 1 p.m., a few people showed up to fly kites and Eisenbeisz thought it wasn't going to be so bad. By 1:15 p.m., there were close to a hundred people in the grassy field behind the high school.
"They're here right on time," said Eisenbeisz of Warner. He estimated there were more than 130 people at the event.
The high temperature on Sunday was recorded around 52 in Aberdeen. Temperatures were around 41 degrees when the event started at 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Aberdeen.
The temperature is cooler than normal for the first few days of May, said Ryan Vipond, a weather service meteorologist. The month's average temperature is 39.2 degrees, compared to the usual 51.6. The average high for this time of the year is around 66, versus the high of 52 Sunday, he said.
So every child, teenager and adult who showed up to fly a kite were bundled up in thicker jackets and coats.
Jared Burris of Stratford was busy helping his two daughters keep their kites aloft. Burris came to the event last year and said there was only one difference: "It's colder."
While most of the participants were younger children, there were some teens and adults who flew kites.
Dawson McNeil, 15, remembers coming to the event when he was younger, and now helps Eisenbeisz out.
Compared to his video game console — an Xbox 360 — McNeil thinks the event is better.
"You get a kick out of being outside and flying a kite," he said.
Eisenbeisz had 150 kites available for the taking at the event, which is in its ninth year. It started small with 25 kites and rapidly rose to 50, then 75, then 125, and, finally, 150 kites. Funds to purchase the kites come from local businesses, he said.
The smiles on children's faces are what he likes to see.
For Jovee Waldo, a 2-year-old from Aberdeen, seemed to have fun flying her kite. Her mother, Kylie Waldo, had to intervene and help her daughter keep the kite aloft every few moments.
"I tried to talk the kids into going swimming, but they wanted to fly kites, so we brought them up and came out here," said Kylie Waldo, 31, who brought four of her own children, along with a friend of theirs.
Mark Lane, of Warner, brought a pack of his own children, as well.
"When the sign goes up two weeks in advance, they're ready for kite day," Lane said.