California Dreamin’ At the Fall Kite Festival

Posted by OCVA / September 21, 2016

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Lincoln City, OR – All the leaves are brown and the sky is colorful at the Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival on October 1st and 2nd. The colors of fall, in the form of big show kites, take to the skies at the D River State Recreation Site from 10am to 4pm on both days. Celebrate the sounds of the 60s with the theme “Windstock” at this signature Oregon Coast festival.

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 are demonstrating their latest stunts to classic tunes from the 60s. Festival patrons can dance in the sand as the kites dance above the flying field.

Two of the featured fliers, Archie and Jeanie Clay of the Rogue Valley Windchasers, plan to show off their newest kites at the festival. “My wife and I fell in love with kite flying over 40 years ago on a trip to California,” says Archie. “Today, we have over 300 kites in our collection, and it continues to grow. For the festival, we are going to show off our newest train kites that were designed by Robert Brasington. A train kite is a series of several small kites connected by one string. They are a favorite with kids.”

The Clays are frequent fliers at the Lincoln City Kite Festivals. Upon asking why they come back, Jeanie puts it plainly, “It’s the people. Unlike other festivals, you can interact directly with the visitors. That is why we encourage folks to come down to the beach and meet us.”

The Fall Kite Festival takes place on the beach at the D River State Recreation Site. 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 Kids Passports is such a great program,” says Jeanie Clay. “It lets us interact with the kids and show them the wonder of kite flying. This is a fun sport and we want to pass it on to the next generation.”

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

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