Kite Fest 2017 takes flight

The Washington State International Kite Festival kicked off its 37th year highlighting the Arch Kites on Monday.

LONG BEACH — The 37th annual Washington State International Kite Festival is underway and runs through Aug. 27.

New this year, the Buffalo Kite Project will exhibit kites created by some of the nation’s most highly regarded Native American artists. Representing nine Native Nations, Buffalo Kites will be flown on Aug. 23, Aug. 24 and Aug. 25. The entire collection of 14 large, beautiful kites will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of those days. The exhibit will be on a section of beach next to the Long Beach boardwalk.

The biggest and most colorful event of the year on the Long Beach Peninsula, this ever-popular festival promises whimsical, artistic and dramatic displays, as well as playful and awe-inspiring competitions. Named in 2012 by Brand USA as one of the top 100 festivals in the nation, the festival began as a humble gathering of nine participants and one kite team and has grown into one of the largest kite festivals in North America, attracting thousands of visitors who share a passion for kites and kite flying.

The first kite festival took place in 1981. By 1983, the festival began attracting an international audience with flyers from Japan and has since hosted flyers from Australia, Italy, Great Britain, Indonesia, New Zealand, India, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Brazil, China, and other far-flung places. For detailed Kite Festival events and a full schedule of activities, access www.kitefestival.com.

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