This weekend marks the 25th annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival at the Port of Brookings Harbor, which draws thousands of visitors each year, some traveling from as far as Grants Pass, Medford and Humboldt County.
The highlight of the free event features performances by dozens of skilled kite flyers, demonstrating choreographed routines set to music. There will also be food and product vendors, and children’s activities.
The popular Bay Area Sundowners kite team will perform both days.
“The best thing ever for me is that John Barresi is returning to Brookings to perform,” said festival spokeswoman Emily Grimes. “Long-time kite festival attendees will remember John as a member of Team iQuad.”
“This year’s kite festival will also feature some of the youngest kite flyers who have performed here,” Grimes said. “We’re introducing two new flyers, Oliver and Eamon Nash, ages 9 and 6. They’ll join their grandparents, Rod and Cindy Thrall, on the field. The boys’ dad is Barry Nash, a member of the world-renowned Bay Area Sundowners.”
Most of the activities will happen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, when hundreds of people are expected to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the Kite Field at the port, adjacent to the Beachfront RV Park.
On both days, the road next to the kite field from the RV entrance to the U.S. Coast Guard Station, will be closed from 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m..
At 7 p.m. Friday, a half dozen of the featured flyers, including Connor and Amy Doran, and Jerimy Colbert, will fly their kites indoors at the Brookings-Harbor High School gym.
Other festival-related events this weekend include a free children’s kite-building workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; an auction banquet at the Lucky 7 Casino (limited tickets available) at 6 p.m. Saturday; and a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Harbor Fire Hall from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday.
The event will be staffed by more than 100 volunteers, both individuals and members of local organizations. Grimes suggests visitors park near the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce building and walk or take the available shuttle bus to the kite field.
For a full schedule, or more details about the history of the festival, visit www.sokf.org.