Have a Groovy Good Time at Summer Kite Festival

Posted by OCVA / May 18, 2016

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Lincoln City, OR – The sights and sounds of the 60s will be at this year’s Summer Kite Festival, June 25th and 26th. Colorful big show kites will be on display at the D River Wayside in Lincoln City. Wear your tie-dye and help us celebrate this year’s theme, Windstock.

Windstock is a psychedelic blend of windsock, a popular kite design, and Woodstock, the famous music festival synonymous with hippie culture. To commemorate the theme, professional kite fliers will demonstrate their latest stunts to tunes from the 1960s. Meanwhile, the skies of Lincoln City become a canvas of color as big show kites take flight. One of the featured fliers, Rod Thrall, will have his collection of big show kites on display.

“Since the theme of the festival this year is Windstock, we will be displaying our collection of windsocks as well as some of our favorite show kites,” says Thrall. “We have two 40-foot teddy bears that will come out to play, and some 18-foot ice cream cones and 12-foot Crayons.”

Rod and his wife, Cindy, will display their colorful big show kites all weekend for the festival, and encourage visitors to interact with the fliers. “There is nothing more enjoyable than having someone walk up and tell you how much they enjoy your kites,” says Thrall. “For Cindy and I, it’s all about spreading our passion for kite flying to people.”

Thrall wants all spectators to have fun at the festival, but also be safe. “The flying field has boundaries for a reason,” says Thrall. “The boundaries are up for safety. If you have a question or just want to meet us, we can escort you onto the field. You never know…we might just put a kite line in your hands.”

The Summer Kite Festival takes place in the heart of Lincoln City at the D River Wayside State Park. Activities include kids kite making, kite demonstrations, and the Running of the Bols, which is a footrace across the beach with each participant harnessed to parachute kites.

On both days, kids of all ages can learn how to make their own paper kite and afterwards show off their colorful creations in the kids’ parade. All kids attending the festival will receive a free passport to the event. Collect autographs in the passport from featured fliers and earn great prizes!

The festival runs from 10am to 4pm each day. For more information on the Summer Kite Festival event schedule, call 800-452-2151 or visit www.oregoncoast.org.

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