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Kite festival launches today


Professional kite flyer John Barresi uses a dog stake contraption to fly a quad-line kite in preparation for the festival. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Professional kite flyer John Barresi uses a dog stake contraption to fly a quad-line kite in preparation for the festival. The Pilot/Jef Hatch

The skies over the Port of  Brookings Harbor will be filled with an array of colorful kites today and Sunday during the 19th Annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival. 

This free event at the port’s Kite Field on Boat Basin Road is a unique festival in comparison to other kite festivals in the United States because the kite flyers attend by “invitation only.” 

Nationally- and internationally-renowned kite pilots will be on hand to entertain the crowds with their aerials choreographed to music.


The Bay Area Sundowners will be flying four stacks of hyper-kites in synchronization, each stack with a dozen kites.

For this year’s festival, the iQuad team will be performing a brand-new six-person routine to “The Raiders March,” with their specialized Revolution quad-line kites.  

Dancing man Al Washington and his grandson, Aaron, will be on hand as will 16-year old rising star Nathan Ostavar from Ashland. Ostavar began flying in 2000 when he was introduced to kite-flying at the Brookings festival and will be showcasing his routines. 

Returning champion Ron Despojado, who has been dubbed “The ultimate showman,” will return to entertain the spectators as he performs alone and as part of Team Too Much Fun.   

David and Susan Gomberg travel internationally with their huge “show kites.” Rod and Cindy Thrall are known for their giant Peter Lynn Teddy Bear, as well as their Jordan Airform kites and huge ground display. Ron Gibian’s kites have won awards on five continents. 

Spectators are invited to set up their chairs or blankets along side the kite field.  Curry Public Transit will provide shuttle service from the Port. Passengers can park in the large parking lot near the  Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce building, located at 16330 Lower Harbor Road, and ride to and from the kite field. This free shuttle is scheduled to run every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free kite-building workshops are offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. 

Food will be available for sale at the Kite Field both days and the Harbor Fire Volunteers will host its pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Harbor Fire Department on Benham Lane, 98069 W. Benham Lane.

For information and to view this year’s program, visit http://www.sokf.org.


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