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International Kite Festival comes to Long Beach Aug. 15-21

Kites will fill the skies over the Long Beach Peninsula for the 36th annual Washington State International Kite Festival, which opens Monday.
Kites will fill the skies over the Long Beach Peninsula for the 36th annual Washington State International Kite Festival, which opens Monday. Courtesy

Washington State International Kite Festival

What: The 36th annual event is a tribute to the sport of kite flying.

When: Monday-Aug. 21.

Where: Most activities take place on the beach at the Bolstad Beach Approach in Long Beach.

All about kites: The seven-day event will be filled with flying competitions, demonstrations, kite-making workshops, rokkaku battles and indoor kite flying. There also will be mass ascensions, flying lighted kites at night, kids’ camps, parade of colors, fireworks and a memorial fly.

Special guest: This year, the festival will host Island Quad, a performance quad-line kite team from Victoria, British Columbia. Rather than follow a choreographed routine, the team does a free-form event, following commands from the team leader similar to a square dance caller.

Visit the museum: While in town, you can visit the event host, the World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame. The displays include more than 200 kites from 12 countries. Learn more at worldkitemuseum.com.

Admission: Free. There is paid parking ($2) near the beach access, or free parking along Oregon Street and at the World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame on Sid Snyder Drive. A shuttle will run to the event location.

Information: kitefestival.com.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, jmayor@thenewstribune.com

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