A beautiful day to fly a kite

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Andrew Cryer

Peggie Knop personally invited Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry to Kite Day at her home.

BAILEYTON – For 20 years, Peggie Knop has held Kite Day at her residence. Actively involved in the Welcome Baptist Church, Knop began the Kite Day tradition for members of her Sunday School class, which she has now thought for more than 50 years.

“This all started when my niece and her friends were in children’s church and they wanted to go flying kites and the big kids asked if they could join,” Knop said. “’Well, of course you can join,’ I said. I was not going to tell kids they could not fly kites.”

The community event has since grown. Around 80 people attended the humble event Saturday at Knop’s home, including Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry. Knop personally invited the sheriff, and was glad that he was able to attend. “The event just grew, and grew and grew,” said Knop as she reflected on how the day has expanded way beyond her niece’s class.

Said one attendee, “It’s something that the kids will remember for the rest of their lives.”

When asked if she will hold the event at her residence again next year, Knop responded with, “I don’t know,” just as she has for the last 20 years.

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