LONG BEACH - Our Peninsula coastline will be bustling with people and the skies will host a spectrum of hues while the Washington State International Kite Festival returns next week, Monday, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 23.
Monday will kick off the week-long festivities with kite trains, arches and multi-line stacks, as well as a workshop for adults and children with special needs.
On Tuesday, stop in for a 10 a.m. kite photography workshop, club camps, individual and team Rokkaku battles, Ben Franklin events, pun fun and more.
Patriotic colors will fill the skies on Wednesday, with "Paint Me Patriotic," children's events, the Senior Fighter Kite challenge, Foster Grandparent Fun Fly, kids' camps and kite making, Top Kid awards, the Fighter Kite Showcase, Senior Ballet, and the Red, White and Blue Individual Rokkaku Battle. Reserve your evening to attend the NFKA and Drachen Foundation program featuring Basir Beria at the World Kite Museum.
Creativity will take center stage on Thursday, "Handcrafted Kite Day." The handcrafted comprehensive competition will host a wide variety of kites, including: trains, centipedes, small kites, flat and bowed, Rokkaku kites, cellular and dimensional, deltas, figure and novelty kites, multi-line and stunt kites, and much more. The day will also feature the Single Line Show Off, Washington State International Kite Festival/North American Fighter Kite Association Fighter Kite Challenge, Quilted Kite Fly, and an introduction to fighter kite competition.
The schedule for Friday includes: the 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, DNAFKA Fighter Kite Line Touch World Cup, Sport Kite Events, mass ascensions, deltas and delta derivatives, Junior Dual Control Competition, Novice Individual Ballet, cellular kites, Novice Individual Precision, Open Pairs Ballet, Fort Worden Fly, Mystery Ballet, Circoflex-Amoeba Roundup, lighted kite night fly. Fireworks will follow the lighted night fly at around 9:45 p.m.
Don't forget to vote Wednesday through Saturday for your favorite "top kid on the beach" and "super senior." Ballots will be available Wednesday morning at the Kids' Day Registration Table and Wednesday afternoon through Saturday at the WKA headquarters. This award is to acknowledge the efforts of folks who give a lot of time and energy at the festival to attract kids to the sport of kiting. A recognition ceremony is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Other activities throughout Saturday include: FNAFKA Fighter Kite Line Touch World Cup, mass ascension, flat and bowed kites, Open Pairs Precision Competition, Open Team Precision Competition, teddy bear drop, Parade of Colors, Pin Challenge, Rokkaku Challenge, Open Team Ballet, Masters Individual Ballet Competition, Cody Fly, Quadline Fun Fly, awards banquet and museum auction, and a fireworks display around 9:30 p.m.
In addition to the Family Fun Fly, Sunday's activities include Open Quad Precision, a memorial fly, mass ascension, sparless soft kites, part four of four-piece pin, Open Quad Ballet and hot tricks.
From Tuesday through Sunday, watch Basir Beria at the fighter kite field off Sid Synder Drive. Beria is most recently known for his work in the 2007 movie, "The Kite Runner."
Indoor kite flying using lightweight kites will be available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Long Beach Elementary School. The school is located on Washington, between 4th and 5th streets south (two blocks east of Pacific Avenue). Indoor flying times are as follows:
Wednesday and Thursday
4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. - open gym for flyers
6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. - warm up for demos
7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. - demos
Friday, Indoor Competition
6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. - setup and warm up
7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. - competition
At a festival made possible by countless dedicated volunteers, event officials still need people to help operate the first aid tent. Anyone who is interested in volunteering should contact Jane Holeman at 642-2246, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Approximately 50 vendors are expected at Kite Festival this year, including the festival's merchandise booth, Costco, the U.S. Census Bureau, barbecue, elephant ears, fudge, and even an inflatable bouncy play-place for the kids.
For the first time in many years, the Ilwaco Sports Boosters will not have a booth at the festival. Instead the group will have a seafood feed at the Long Beach Elks Lodge on Aug. 20 from noon to 8 p.m.
For more Kite Festival information, pick up an event program at Peninsula businesses or log onto (www.kitefestival.com).