One of the community rituals connected to the annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival in Brookings was to pray for wind.
At one point during the history of this wonderful event, in 2006 to be exact, we were praying that the festival itself would not be cancelled. At that time, many were concerned about the fate of the festival when port management decided not to sponsor it. However, two people, Peggy and Ted Freeman, refused to let the kite festival die. The event, they said, was just too important to the community.
Today, the 19th annual festival lifts off once again, all because of the Freemans and a small army of volunteers – including organizers Emily and Dave Grimes. Because of the individuals and businesses that make up the Friends of the Southern Oregon Kite Festival, the event is as big and popular as ever.
We couldn’t be happier.
The festival, which includes food and vendor booths and a kite-building workshop for children, is a fun event that attracts thousands of visitors and brings a needed bump to the community economy.
A kite auction and banquet scheduled during the event will help raise money to cover the food and lodging costs for visiting kite flyers. Overall, it’s a wonderful community event that deserves to continue for many years.
By the way, we noticed last week that port employees were watering the Kite Field near the U.S. Coast Guard station. Thank you. That will ensure that spectators and the some 40 world class kite flyers participating in the event will have a nice, green field to play on.
Now, let’s all pray for wind.