Whipping in the Wind

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Lincoln City, Oregon bills itself as “A great place to try new things.” While kite flying may not be a new experience for you, the annual Lincoln City Summer Kite Festivaltakes it to a level you probably have yet to experience.

Saturday and Sunday June 28th and 29th, the summer version of the Kite Fest will be taking over the coastline. And these are not your grandfather’s kites. They run the gamut from massive, building-sized kites of consequence, down to nimble, high-speed performance kites, and everything in between. From the oregoncoast.org website, here’s a rundown of this year’s schedule:

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10am: Opening Announcements.

10am-12noon: Performances by featured fliers.

10am-2pm:  Free Kids Kite Making Workshop: Calling all Kids! Make your own paper kite that actually flies!

11am – 12:30pm: Kite Making Workshop with PhantomStar Designs: $5 Tyvek Kite Kit.

12:30pm–12:50pm: Join the reigning AKA Grand National Rokkaku Battle Individual Champion and learn the techniques of this dark-side-of-kiting battle. Bring your own Rok kite, or purchase a Battle-in-the-Bag kit at one of Lincoln City’s kite shops!

12noon – 1pm: Running of the BOLs: Bragging rights to those who can run the fastest into the wind while harnessed to a doughnut-shaped kite! Register on the field during the event.

1pm – 1:45 pm: Rok Battle! Watch the best of the best battling on the field. All experienced Rok warriors and those who attended the clinic are encouraged to participate.

2pm – 2:30pm: Kids Parade: After making their kites, the kids parade down to the beach to show-off their incredible creations!

2:30-4pm: Performances by featured fliers.

4pm: Festival close.

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ALL DAY:  Learn the fun and safe way to enjoy the beach presented by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary!

ALL DAY:  Kids Passports: Kids will receive a free passport to the world of kites. Collect autographs from the featured fliers to win great prizes! Passports are available at the Event Tent.

ALL DAY:  BIG Show Kites – including a pod of life-size Whale kites – adorn the Lincoln City sky!

ALL DAY:  Raffle Prizes: Enter to win Lincoln City Signature Glass Floats, gift certificates, kite-related prizes and more! Raffle tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. Help us keep our beaches clean and receive a FREE raffle ticket by exchanging a full bag of beach debris at the Event Tent for your ticket.

In addition to all of that, the night before the event kicks off, Team Evidence will be putting on an indoor kite flying demonstration.

The D River Wayside in downtown will serve as ground zero for the event held from 10 am - 4 pm each day. For more information about the event, click here.

And if you’re still wondering about those “new things” I’ve tried in Lincoln City, they were glass blowing at the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio and the Jambalaya Cook-off at the Culinary Center. Get your mind out of the gutter.

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