Kite Festival takes flight this weekend in WR

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Arts Council presents the 20th Annual Los Alamos Kite Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Spirio Soccer Fields in White Rock.

Thanks to generous funding by Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry and individual supporters, admission to the Kite Festival is free.

The Festival kicks off Friday night with the start of Gordon’s Summer Concert Series and a night kite fly demonstration.

In this event, small lights are attached to kites before they are launched into the night sky. Winds permitting, it should be quite a light show over White Rock. The concert will feature Chuchito Valdes, an Afro-Cuban jazz band from Havana, Cuba and Cancun, Mexico.

On Saturday, the Kite Festival will be from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday the festival will be from noon to 4 p.m.

The ever-popular Candy Drop, which began in 2002, will be back, winds permitting. A plastic bag is filled with wrapped hard candy and is launched on a kite like a giant kite piñata. The bag is eventually split open and candy falls from the sky, but not until the children have chased the kite all over the field. This calorie-burning event is almost as popular with parents as it is with kids.

Free kite building workshops for kids are scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Kids are invited to build and decorate simple kites with assistance from volunteers. Children use their craft and artistic skills to put hundreds of these kites up in the sky over the two-day festival. For the 6-and-under crowd, pre-built kites will be available for decorating. A free t-shirt will be given to every child who builds or decorates a kite.

A kite hospital will be staffed with kite medics to mend the inevitable broken and injured kites using sticks and duct tape and ingenuity.

Everyone young at heart is invited to come celebrate the 20th Annual Kite Festival!  Bring a kite, buy a kite, fly a kite, or just take in the scene.

For more details on the festival, call the Arts Council at 663-0477.