International Kite Fest takes to Long Beach sky Aug. 20

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LONG BEACH - The 2007 Kite Festival is set for Monday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 26. With a different theme each day, including the "Running of the Bols," this year's festival is sure to be great. Last year a record 16 bols were in the sky at the same time.

Starting on Monday and ending on Sunday this extravaganza boasts skies ablaze with color, highflying action and choreographed movement. It draws famous kite fliers from all around the world, and tens of thousands awed spectators, many of which participate in the fun with their own kite flying adventures.

On Monday, kite trains, arches and multi-line stack kites open the week. The public is invited to join the engineers for some fun. Several workshops will be offered as well.

On Tuesday there will be camera workshops, club camps, individual and team Rokkaku battles, a box-kite special featuring its inventor Lawrence Hargrave and much more.

Then Wednesday is red, white and blue day. Come check out the paint me patriotic events, children's events, senior fighter kite challenge, foster grandparents' fun fly, kids' camp, senior ballet, fighter kite showcase and much more.

Thursday is handcrafted kite day. There will be a handcrafted comprehensive competition, trains and centipedes, the smallest kite challenge, flat or bowed kite flys, novelty kite flys, plus multi-line figure kite flys in addition to other fun events.

On Friday, don't miss the mass ascension, lighted night fly and fireworks display at about 9:45 p.m.

The recognition ceremony is on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., with several master's displays and competitions happening throughout the day. There will again be a fireworks display at around 9:45 p.m.

And finally, Sunday is family fun fly day.

Check with the Kite Museum at 303 Sid Snyder Drive or at the information booth at the beach approach for more information and timing of specific events.

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