LONG BEACH - The 2010 Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) is in full "string" and runs through Sunday, Aug. 22 on the beach between Bolstad and Sid Snyder Drive and is as big and colorful as ever.

Featured flyers this year are the Windjammers International Kite Team from Detroit, Mich. and Bernhard Dingwerth of Germany. Wednesday is Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Day. Events include Foster Grandparent Fun Fly, Kids' Camps, and Individual Rokkaku Battle.

Thursday events include handcrafted comprehensive competition in Trains and Centipedes, the Smallest Kite, flat or bowed kites, Rokkaku kites, and WSIKF fighter kite challenge. Friday will be highlighted by the Fighter Kite Line Touch World Cup, two Mass Ascensions, Deltas and Delta Derivatives Junior Dual Control Competition, and a lighted-kite night fly. Fireworks will begin in front of the Boardwalk at about 9:45 p.m.

Saturday the Fighter Kite Line Touch World Cup will be the highlight. Open Team Ballet, Masters Individual Ballet Competition, Cody Fly, and Quad line Fun Fly will also be on the agenda. Fireworks will end the day beginning at about 9:30 p.m. in front of the Boardwalk.

The 2010 WSIKF concludes Sunday with Open Quad Precision competition, a Memorial Fly, the fourth and final Mass Ascension in an attempt to set a world's record. For more information call the World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame in Long Beach at 360-642-4020 or pick up a program at the Bolstad beach approach in Long Beach.

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