Grays Harbor Festival of Colors fills the skies
By Rich Beverage
Published: 06/05/19 Topics: Comments: 0
Looks to the skies during the Grays Harbor Festival of Colors. Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 the skies over Ocean Shores will be graced by the color of kites of all shapes and sizes.
As the premier, family-friendly kite festival on the west coast, this event is made for kite fliers of all skill levels, plus special events for kids.
Rich Beverage, event organizer notes the Ocean Shores' beach is known for the consistency of the winds and mild temperatures. Temperatures generally range from low to mid sixties at the time of the festival.
Just off the Damon Road beach approach, north of the horse rental area and the Ocean Shores city limits, you'll find free family fun all weekend. The event kicks off with a lighted kite night fly at dusk on Friday on the beach in front of the Best Western Lighthouse Hotel.
All day Saturday and Sunday two-line and quad-line fliers will be performing in demonstrations and competing in an American Kitefliers Association sanctioned event, administered by the Northwest Sport Kite League. At 11 am and 1 pm Saturday there are “Mass Ascension” events where all participants fly the same style of kites at the same time.
Two free kids events are also set for Saturday. At noon is the “Running of the Bols,” a fun foot race where the kids are dragging a parachute style kite behind them. From 12:30-3 pm, the first 200 kids make and keep a sled style kite for free.
A Festival Event Tent will be set up in front of North Beach High School Friday 5-8 pm, Saturday 7 am-3 pm and Sunday 8 am-4 pm. You'll find information, schedules, festival T-shirts and collectible enamel pins at this tent.
All weekend long there will be an array of display kites flying up and down the beach for miles! Open to fliers of all skill levels and all who simply want to watch in wonder.
For more details, please check the Grays Harbor Festival of Colors Facebook page.
Author: Rich Beverage
Blog #: 0666 – 06/05/19
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