LONG BEACH, Wash. - The 21st annual Washington State International Kite Festival takes place the week of Monday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 25.
Events that continue through the week include the Fighter Kite Competition, the Short line Fighter Kite World Cup, People's Choice Award and Wind Art. This year's featured flyers include Ray Bethell (USA), Eli and Shula Shavit (Israel) and William Farber (Australia).
For more detailed information on these events and competitions go online to www.kitefestival.com
Monday, Aug. 19 10 a.m. - Kite trains - archies - multi-line stacks, Kay Buesing, Event Director, located south of Bolstad Avenue
10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. - Special Friends Day, Mary Yoshimi, Event Director: Participants will build, decorate and fly their kites.
1 p.m. - Kite train workshop, sponsored by the World Kite Museum, in the kite-making tent, cost is $10.
Tuesday, Aug. 20 1, 2 and 3 p.m. - Buggy Races at the Beach: Some of the top buggy pilots in the Northwest will compete in six buggy races over two days of intense competition. The races will take place just south of 10th Street on the beach.
Terrific Tuesday Top Team: Clubs, family groups - any group of people may register to accumulate points throughout the day. The winner will earn the right to fly the "Top Team" banner until next year. Winner will be announced at noon Wednesday.
9:30 a.m. - Camera Workshop, at the kite-making tent: Larry Kellis, local photographer, will hold a workshop giving tips on how to take good pictures of kites in the kite making tent. Olympus Cameras sponsors this event.
Club Camps - Denise Tauber, event director; Registration closes at 10 a.m.
10 a.m. - Totally Tubular, Greg and Sue Clark, event directors, at Field B: Tuesday is "tube day" (no, not the TV). Anything that attaches to a kite line and inflates and is semi-round qualifies as a tube.
11a.m. - Individual Rokkaku Battle, Andy Tauber, event director, at Field A, pilots' meeting 10:30 p.m.: The individual Rok-kaku Battle will feature traditional shaped Japanese Rokkaku battle kites.
1 p.m. - Circoflex Roundup, Stan Shelheim, event director, at Field B
1:30 p.m. Pun Fun, Rod and Cindy Thrall, event directors, at Field A: During this event, different types of kites will be flown together in one area.
2:30 to 4 p.m. - Single Line Show Off, at Field B
4 p.m. - Team Rokkaku Battle, Andy Tauber, event director, at
Field A, pi-lots' meeting at 3:30 p.m.: This is a team competition, giving teams a chance to demonstrate their skills as a group. The objective is to knock or cut other kites out of the sky using your team's kites.
Wednesday, Aug. 21 All-day - Paint Me Patriotic, Guy Skeer, event director: Fly your red, white and blues all day everywhere including in Field B after noon. Registration will be open until 2 p.m. Judging will be from 2 until 4 p.m.
1, 2 and 3 p.m. - Buggy Races at the Beach
10 a.m. - Children's events, Don Lary and Chris Golddapp, event directors, Field A: Every child will receive a prize. Children should go directly to the flying field. They do not need to register for this event.
10:30 a.m. Senior Fighter Kite Fly, Chuck Lund, event director, at Field B: Competitors must be members of the distinguished group of kite flyers who have celebrated their 50th birthday.
1 to 4 p.m. - Kid's kite-making, J.R. Tolman, event director, at the kite-making tent: J.R. Tolman will hold his annual kite making marathon for kids of all ages. This event is sponsored by the World Kite Museum.
1 p.m. - Fighter Kite Showcase, sponsored by Northwest Fighter Kite Association, at Field A: Members of the Northwest Fighter Kite Association will explain the history of Fighter Kites and will demonstrate the versatility of these small and highly maneuverable single line kites.
2 p.m. - Senior Ballet, at Field A: Competitors must be 50 years old or older.
4 p.m. - Red, white and blue Individual Rokakku Battle, Any Tauber, event director, at Field A.
Thursday, Aug. 22 9 a.m. - Handcrafted Comprehensive Competition, Al Councilman and Robin Haas, co-directors, at Field A: Every participant in this year's Handcrafted Kite Competition on Thursday will be a winner.
Noon - 252 plus Fly, Rod Thrall, event director, north of Bolstad: Let's break the record set back at Wildwood. Fly your 252 or bigger from noon on - we'll count between noon and 3 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 2310 a.m. - Junior Dual Control Competition, Teri and Mike Huff, event directors, at Field B, mandatory pilots' meeting at 9 a.m.
0 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Mass Ascension, Barry Crites and Vic Espheter, event directors, Deltas and Delta Derivatives, at Field A: Registration is 10 a.m. Thursday.
11:30 a.m. - Quilted Kite Fly, Kay Buesing, event director, at Field B.
12:30 to 3 p.m. - Hot Tricks, Eric and Genny Forsberg, event directors, at Field A: The competition is judged by the crowd and the competitors themselves with one final winner.
2 p.m. - Quadline Fun Fly, on Field B
2:30 p.m. - Mass Ascension, Barry Crites and Vic Espheter, event directors cellular kites, on Field A: Registration is 10 a.m. Thursday.
4 p.m. - Memorial Fly, Mike Button, on Field A.
7:30 p.m. - Mandatory flyers meeting.
8 p.m. - Lighted Kite Night Fly, Rich and Evonne Miller, event directors, on Field A.
9:45 p.m. - Fireworks will follow the lighted night fly.
Saturday, Aug. 24 9 to 10:30 a.m. - Mystery Ballet, Penny Lingenfelter, event director, on Field A, Mandatory Flyers Meeting at 8:30 a.m. - Single line, dual and quad flyers put their flying to a real test.
10:30 a.m. to noon - Mass Ascension, Barry Crites and Vic Espheter, event directors, on Field A: Flat and Bowed Kites, Registration is 10 a.m. Thursday.
Noon - Pin Challenge. Barry Crites and Vic Espheter, event directors, in the kite making tent: 30 largest pin collections will be awarded a pin.
1 p.m. - Rokkaku Challenge, David Gomberg, event director, on Fields A and B: This is a team competition where the objective is to knock or cut other kites out of the sky using your team's kite.
2:30 p.m. - Showtime and demos, Robin Haas, event director, on Fields A and B: The event begins with The Parade of Colors. Featured Flyers will be recognized. Some of the best sport kite flyers, pairs and teams in the country will entertain with choreographed routines. Between sport kite acts large and beautiful kites will be flown for a close-up look. A pre-show meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the registration tent.
3 to 3:30 p.m. - Cody Fly, Rick White, Event Director, on Field A
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 25 11 a.m. - Mass Ascension, Barry Crites and Vic Espheter, event directors, on Field A.