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Handmade Kites Welcome in Most Beautiful Kite Competition at The Santa Barbara Kite Festival
Do you have a handmade kite? Have you dreamed of making your own beautiful kite? The 30th Anniversary Santa Barbara Kite Festival lands 11am-4pm Sunday April 12, 2015 in the Great Meadow, on the west campus lawn at Santa Barbara City College. This year’s fun-filled family-style kite flying festival will feature a new category to be judged in the “most beautiful” competition- handmade kites! Handmade kites, some sporting amazing cutting edge flying technologies, designs and fabrics, are a tradition at most festivals worldwide among the avid kite flyers. However, the festival has also been the lucky recipient over the years of a number of beautiful handmade kites created by children. Organizers plan to recognize handmade kites in this year’s “Most Beautiful Kite” competition at the kite festival. Commercially-made kites are also welcome in the competition, and at the festival, and will be available for purchase.
In addition to the “Most Beautiful Handmade Kite” competition, the festival will feature the “Kite Tail Chase” game for children throughout the day. Children, divided in appropriate age groups, try to catch the tail of a kite flown by the festival’s kite master Rakesh Bahadur, as the kite dips and dives through the air. Other competitions include “kite fighting” and “sport flying” for skilled flyers, “highest flying”, and “largest kites”. Kites will be available for purchase at the festival. There will also be food and beverages, and a kid’s zone with a jumper and family info tables. The festival is free and open to flyers of all abilities. Paid parking is plentiful on campus.
More information and updates are available on the festival’s Facebook page, or by emailing, and at 805-637-6202. The “Great Meadow” (west campus lawn) is located on Santa Barbara City College’s West Campus at 971 Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara, adjacent to the college’s main campus.
April 2015 is Kite month in Santa Barbara. Thanks to a proclamation by the city’s honorable Mayor Marty Blum and the Santa Barbara City Council in 2007, the month of April is officially designated as Kite Month in the city of Santa Barbara. In addition, the Santa Barbara Kite Festival was recognized in 2007 for its annual contributions to community recreation and family fun. Mayor Marty Blum agreed to author the proclamation in coordination with National Kite Month – a not-for profit venture co-founded by the American Kite Flyers Association and the Kite Trade Association International . For info, log on to . This year’s festival is dedicated to Chris Bahadur, co-founder of the Santa Barbara Kite Festival.

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