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Kite-flying at Long Beach, August 1998

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Washington State International Kite Festival
A Local Legacy

Not only is a kite fun to fly, but it is also beautiful to watch.

There are many different kinds of kites -- some much more complex than others. One of the simplest kinds is the diamond kite. It has a flat surface formed by two sticks tied into a cross and a tail that helps keep it stable. It flies nicely in light to medium winds.

Throughout history kites have been used for many different purposes, including to deliver messages, catch fish, spy on enemies, measure the weather and send radio signals. Today, kites are mostly flown for pleasure.

Every August, the Washington State International Kite Festival takes place in the southwest corner of Washington on the Long Beach Peninsula. There are workshops that teach people how to build, decorate and fly kites. There are also competitions for kids, adults and seniors. On the last day of the festival, everyone is welcome to fly a kite at the same time, creating a colorful, beautiful sight!

If you fly a kite, make sure you have clear, wide open spaces away from roads, trees, power lines and airports. And never fly in rain or storms. So go out and fly a kite!

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