A very busy first day, but not very windy at Houlgate Plein Vent

By Nicolas Mouchel
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May 4, 24 at 7:56 p.m.

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“We had wind at the beginning of the afternoon, but now, it’s true that it has softened…” Catherine Morel, president of Houlgate Plein Vent had a smile on Saturday May 4, 2024 in the middle of the day. There crowd was there for the 24th edition of the kite festival Houlgate Plein Vent.

There were a lot of people on the beach this morning… We had never seen that on a Saturday morning!

Catherine Morel

The good weather allowed the Houlgatais event to indeed display a very good attendance from this first day, “there is no longer any parking space to access the beach” noted the speaker of the event.

The immersive Bani’Air, to get lost in a labyrinth of colors. ©Le Pays d’Auge/Nicolas MOUCHEL
The impressive wind turbine. ©Le Pays d’Auge/Nicolas MOUCHEL
Houlgate Plein Vent 2024
Dominique Cotard, a passionate kite-flying scholar, presents visitors with the historical pieces from his exhibition. ©Le Pays d’Auge/Nicolas MOUCHEL

A capricious wind

If the sun, intermittent, but certainly present, warmed the audience, on the other hand, the wind was somewhat delayed… But optimism was in order, “a windy window is expected around 5 p.m., hopefully… » assures Catherine Morel, who firmly believes in it, while recognizing, “it changes all the time, we are dependent”.

Not enough, however, to dampen the general enthusiasm of the visitors who came to discover large structures deployed in the sky and on the sand, as well as the different entertainment proposed.

The festival continues Sunday May 5, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it’s always free. Complete program can be found on the Houlgate Plein vent website.

Houlgate Plein Vent 2024
Volunteers and organizers watch for the arrival of the wind. ©Le Pays d’Auge/Nicolas MOUCHEL
Houlgate Plein Vent 2024
A drop of candy before… ©Le Pays d’Auge/Nicolas MOUCHEL
Houlgate Plein Vent 2024
…a drop of candy afterwards. ©Le Pays d’Auge/Nicolas MOUCHEL
Houlgate Plein Vent 2024
It’s not easy to tame these critters! ©Le Pays d’Auge/Nicolas MOUCHEL

Houlgate Plein Vent, on Houlgate beach, Sunday May 5, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free access.

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