Sky-high event ready for liftoff

July 17, 2013 09:24 am

A crowd enjoys last year's festival at the Kite Field.
The skies over the kite field at the Port of Brookings-Harbor will be a rainbow of colors at the 21st annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21.

The free event is an invitational kite festival which attracts nationally and internationally renowned kite flyers and kite makers to the community where they perform and display their kites. More than 30 kite flyers are guests of the community and entertain the spectators with routines choreographed to music, creating an atmosphere of fun and excitement for attendees of all ages, kite festival organizers said.

Returning this year are Team iQuad and The Bay Area Sun-downers, two of the top kite flying teams in the world. Among the many other celebrated kite pilots attending are Ron Despojado, Rod and Cindy Thrall, Al Washington, Ron Gibian, and Penny Lingenfelter.

An announcer keeps the crowds informed by introducing the kite flyers and educating the onlookers about what they are seeing on the field.

Unlike a typical kite festival, the kite flyers enjoy interacting with the crowds and can often be seen walking around the perimeter of the kite field displaying their kites up close to spectators. 

Attendees are invited to set up their chairs or blankets around the perimeter of the kite field to watch the performances. Boat Basin Road is closed to allow for seating.

The weekend’s activities also include free children’s kite building workshops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. There is a vendor area with a variety of food items and a multitude of arts and crafts for sale. 

A pancake breakfast sponsored by the Harbor Fire Volunteers is held from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Harbor Fire Hall, 98069 W. Benham Lane, just up the hill from the festivities.

A kite auction banquet — to which the kite flyers, kite makers, and local businesses contribute collectible kites and other memorabilia to benefit the kite festival — is a special attraction on Saturday evening.

Attendees are encouraged to park next to the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce building, 16330 Lower Harbor Road, and take the free shuttle to the kite field.

For additional information, call 541-412-2941 or go to http://www.sokf.org.