Washington State International Kite Festival

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The festival in August 2008

Washington State International Kite Festival is the largest kite festival in North America.[1] The event, held annually on the third weekend of August since 1996,[2] drawing more than 100,000 attendees,[3] is held on the Washington state coast near Long Beach, Washington where there is a steady, strong wind, strong enough at times to drag pickup trucks kites are tethered to, or lift a man 100 feet into the air.[2] Events at the festival include kite fighting.[4] It is hosted by the World Kite Museum in Long Beach.

The festival went on hiatus in 2020.[5]


  1. ^ Finnegan, Lora J. (March 1, 1998), "Best of the West", Sunset – via HighBeam (subscription required)[dead link]
  2. ^ a b Tan Vinh (April 26, 2012), "Go fly a kite at Long Beach", The Seattle Times
  3. ^ "Bid the wind blow.(kiting becomes popular sport)", The Economist, May 6, 1995, archived from the original on November 18, 2018 – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  4. ^ "International Kite Festival with Sea Grant", Washington Marine Spatial Planning (website), Washington state government State Ocean Caucus, August 19, 2015
  5. ^ Ashley Nerbovig (June 1, 2020). "Long Beach samples its sewer for covid". Chinook Observer.

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