The following is a press release about the Long Branch Kite Festival:
New this year, the inaugural Kites At The Pier, Long Branch Kite Festival kicks off the summer season Sunday, April 10 at 11 a.m. The festival features kite flyers from all areas of the eastern seaboard flying their most incredible creations.
Every kind of kite imaginable will be at the festival. Kites of all shapes and sizes - from inflatable flying creatures to traditional kites - will be flying high over the beach between Melrose Terrace and Morris Avenue in Long Branch. A dazzling display of giant kites will be visible for miles and miles. For our inaugural event giant kite experts including the Dallmer family, Mike Pignolet and Don Petty, Jeff Burka, Paul & Tina Keeler, the Klopp family and others will be lofting some giant sea and land creatures.
Join us for some great family fun - including both kids AND parents - in the Running of the Bols competition where bragging rights will be awarded to parents and their kids as each group vies to earn this prestigious title! A favorite way to play with the wind, each competitor latches on to an 8 foot diameter parachute-kite and runs head first into the wind from a starting line to the finish line - an exhausting and exciting time!
Also on the schedule of fantastic fun is the kids Candy Drop! A kid's dream come true - candy falling from the "sky" - with the sky being a kite. Individually wrapped candy is parachuted up a kite and when the whistle blows, the candy is released for kids to grab - and of course, to see who can get the most candy!
Other spectacular kite visuals will include an array of vertical wind feathers and ground displays showcasing a myriad of different types of kites, exemplifying wonderful fun, beautiful visuals and an educational experience second to none!
"We look forward to making this a fun-filled day for the entire family," said Terry Bereheiko, Director of Marketing for Pier Village. "Pier Village is proud to host the inaugural Kites at the Pier festival. This high-flying event is the perfect way to kick off the Spring season and bring people in to visit the wonderful shops and restaurants at the Jersey Shore."
A host of kite fliers from area kite clubs will be attending the festival. This year members of the South Jersey Kite Flyers, Liberty High Spirits of New Jersey, Kites Over New England, Wings Over Washington, Richmond Air Force, Connectikiters and Keystone Kiters will be filling the sky over Long Branch.