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UP, UP AND AWAY...KITE FESTIVAL DELIGHTS CROWD

Kite flyers battle with low wind conditions early Saturday to launch several large kites. ().
Kite flyers battle with low wind conditions early Saturday to launch several large kites. ().

Bigger crowds, good weather and the effort of a community made the Ninth Annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival this past weekend a success, organizers said.

Nita Rolfe, market director for the Port of Brookings Harbor and festival coordinator, said Tuesday this was the best event to date.

It was fabulous, she said. It was good for the community. People were excited to be in Brookings. They came from all over and were amazed at what Brookings was like.

They found the people here to be friendly and loved that the event was family oriented.

Rolfe estimated that significantly more people attended this years festival on Saturday and Sunday than attended last year. She estimated some 15,000 individuals enjoyed last years event.

A good 20,000 people attended (both days), she said, Over 500 people rode the shuttle bus, nearly double from last year.

There wasnt a parking spot on the port premises. Traffic was backed up (at times) all the way to the port office.

There were other signs that the festival was a roaring success, according to Rolfe.

We had 110 attend Saturday evenings auction dinner, she said. It was our biggest crowd yet, and I could have filled another 200 seats if we had the capacity. I was turning away people all last week.

And the vendors said that their business had increased, at least half again, from last year. They were all very happy.

The 41 fliers who participated in entertaining the crowds both days were pleased too.

The fliers loved the festival, Rolfe said. With the weather cooperative, they were able to get the big kites up.

They thought the crowds were great and are already looking forward to the 10th annual festival.

We already have fliers and vendors lined up for next year.

Rolfe said the event was close to breaking even on expenses, and credited the community for making the festival so good.

Im so grateful to all the local businesses and the community who helped in bringing this all about, she said.

Without the community we wouldnt have pulled this off so successfully.

Its a community thing, no one person could do it.

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