Look- up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane; it’s a superhero themed kite festival!
As if having some of the most super-sized kites in the world take to the skies over the D River State Recreation Site in Lincoln City isn’t enough, the theme of the 39th year of the Fall Kite Festival, Saturday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 1, is “X-Kitement,” a playful take on the word excitement.
To celebrate the theme, professional kite fliers will be wearing superhero costumes and capes while dazzling audiences with their signature stunts. Visitors are also encouraged to take part by dressing as their favorite superhero.
Featured flier Ronda Brewer is definitely X-Kited to be involved in this year’s Fall Kite Festival. Brewer, a Lincoln City native, enjoys reuniting with other featured fliers.
“It’s like a big family reunion,” Brewer said.
“Getting to visit with the other fliers is a real treat. The kite flying community is a fun, quirky bunch, and because of travel, we don’t always get to see one another. We love what we do and sharing our kite flying passion with others, especially kids, is a joy.”
According to Brewer, there will be a few new members of the community at this festival.
“We’re going to have some new fliers this year that are doing some cool new tricks,” she said. “There will be things going on in the sky that have never been seen before at this festival.”
Two of the attendees this year will be brothers Dylan and Cardin Nguyen.
“They were at the 2015 festival here and got excited to learn about kite flying,” said Eric Johnson, public relations coordinator for the Lincoln City VCB.
“Now they are both competitive award-winning flyers; it’s pretty cool that they will be here this year.”
Another X-Kiting addition to the line up of professional performers will be long time flyer and kite maker Scott Hampton from Utah. “He’s extremely talented,” Brewer said. “Which makes him really fun to watch.”
To make sure the theme is well followed, Brewer has been hard at work making capes for any competitive flyers that may have arrived cape-less.
“They are going to have the classic comic words like ‘POW!’ and ‘BAM’ written on them,” Johnson said. “It’s going to look great.”
Besides the acts of derring-do in the sky, activities at the festival include kids kite making, kite demonstrations and the Running of the Bols, which is a footrace across the beach with each participant harnessed to a parachute kite. Summon your inner superpowers and get in on all the fun kite flying activities.
The festival is from 10 am to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival, visit OregonCoast.org.