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KITES TAKE TO THE SKY

The skies over the Port of Brookings Harbor were already beginning to fill with kites Friday afternoon.

The first of 40 fliers from the western states were preparing for this weekends Southern Oregon Kite Festival.

It will be from 10 am. to 4 p.m. today (July 15) and Sunday. This evening the annual festival banquet is scheduled at the Best Western Brookings Inn beginning with the social hour at 6, and dinner at 7.

Tickets will be available at the door. They are $12 a plate.

During the dinner, kites are auctioned with proceeds going to the festival. The fliers often make and donate kites to be auctioned.

There is no admission fee to the festival, which is held in the field adjacent to the commercial basin. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to watch the show.

There will be 24 vendor booths at the show. Theyll be dispensing food and beverages, selling novelties or offering activities. For example, A-Z Ceramics will be back with its booth that offers the opportunity for children to paint ceramic figures. Childrens librarian Dori Frost will be there with a booth to make and decorate small, cloth windsocks.

The fliers to come the greatest distance to this years show are John and Mary Gabby of Colorado Springs, Colo. They were at the port Friday flying the kites they made. Some will be auctioned at the banquet.

The Bay Area Sundowners, who are a show mainstay, were at the port unpacking their unique stack kites. They have a new member of the team, Craig Wong.

Carl Bragiel of Amity was flying his three dual kites. He is one of the few people in the world who can d fly three kites at a time.

To greet the fliers on their arrival at the port was Steve OBrien of Eugene. He has been with the show since its beginning.

Hell assist Rick Talbott with narration.

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