It was a rough place to fly with a lot of trees and highly variable (pulsating, really) winds, but everyone still had a lot of fun even though Cimmy broke her diamond kite (easily repaired) and got a parafoil sled caught in a tree (no big deal- bought it cheap in the off-season).
This is the group that ran the event– a kite business/flying group based in Northeastern Oregon. Really nice folks who I'd like to get together with again. They shared some of the same frustrations I was facing– groups breaking up, becoming inactive, and people thinking you have to go to the beach to fly a kite. (Not so!) The lady confirmed what I quickly found out when I started– the fields next to schools are absolutely ideal!
I sent them an e-mail and plan to meet up with them for future events– I still wish they were right within my city area but they aren't too far away. I will figure out soon enough how to get people here interested.