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The Washington State International Kite Festival is welcoming kite enthusiasts to Long Beach from Aug. 15-21, 2011.
The free, weeklong, summer festival includes hands-on workshops, displays, competitions, kite ballets and more. Highlights include a lighted night fly and mass ascensions of over 250 kites.
Each year the festival invites famous kite designers and flyers from around the world to share their expertise. Featured for 2011 is Bas Vreeswijk, from the Netherlands, internationally known for his appliqué designs and aerial kite photography. Also attending is Karl Longbottom, from the United Kingdom, an engineer by trade with a worldwide reputation for the quality, precision, balance and flying characteristics of his kites.
Beyond kite watching, clients of all ages can participate in kite building, flying lessons, friendly competitions and hands-on activities throughout the festival.
Long Beach has been called the Kite Capital of the U.S., a distinction attributable to dependable ocean breezes over acres of open sand, ideal for complicated and free kite displays. Kite shops, resident kite flyers and the World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame provide enjoyment for longtime kite enthusiasts and first-time flyers alike.