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Long Beach kite festival is a 20-year tradition

WHAT: Learn to build and fly kites, watch competitive kite flying competitions (both indoors and out) and enjoy other activities during the state’s largest kite festival, now in its 34th year.

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 18, through Sunday, Aug. 24.

WHERE: Long Beach.

HISTORY: The festival has been held in Long Beach for more than 20 years and was voted the best kite festival in the world by the Florida-based Kite Trade Association International.

ACTIVITIES: Contest for best kites, kite-building lessons, a handcrafted kite day, flying competitions. Participants are encouraged to have themes. There will be seminars for building kites, and several professional kite fliers will attend.

GETTING THERE: Take Interstate 5 south to Kelso then follow state Route 4 west to U.S. Highway 101 south. Take Highway 101 to State Route 103 and the Bolstad Street entrance to Long Beach.

COST: There is no charge for most of the events, but some clinics might charge a fee.

OF NOTE: There will be kite demonstrations each day. Check the event website for a complete schedule of events and times.