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Lack of wind grounds larger kites
By Colin Murphey

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 24, 2018 5:23PM

Last changed on August 24, 2018 5:25PM

Ronda Brewer maneuvers her kite into position during the rokkaku battle event.

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Ronda Brewer maneuvers her kite into position during the rokkaku battle event.

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Maneuela Martinez flies a kite in the dunes near Long Beach.

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Maneuela Martinez flies a kite in the dunes near Long Beach.

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Kites fly over the sand during the festival in Long Beach.

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Kites fly over the sand during the festival in Long Beach.

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Randy Pedersen stumbles as he tries to free his tangled kite during the rokkaku battle.

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Randy Pedersen stumbles as he tries to free his tangled kite during the rokkaku battle.

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Ronda Brewer keeps a tight grip on her kite.

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Ronda Brewer keeps a tight grip on her kite.

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A contestant in the rokkaku kite battle tries to untangle lines.

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A contestant in the rokkaku kite battle tries to untangle lines.

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A lack of windy weather for the Washington State International Kite Festival may have temporarily grounded some of the larger displays, but the air was still filled with smaller kites this week. And, much to the crowd’s amusement, some kites were fighting each other in a “rokkaku” battle in a cordoned-off area. While it’s all in good fun, the last kite flying is certain to be target No. 1 at next year’s festival.











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