Turning a phrase, I said “it takes two to tangle” during a radio interview on Cork & Fork 805 on Friday. Kite flying does ask two people to work together in a beautiful way. Everyone is invited to fly a kite together, or just enjoy the day this Sunday April 16th at the 37th Santa Barbara Kite Festival.
The Santa Barbara Kite Festival returns 11am-4pm this Sunday to the Great Meadows on the west campus of Santa Barbara City College. The theme of this year’s family-friendly festival is “Colors”. Festival Kite Master Rakesh Bahadur and Festival Director David Hefferman chose this year’s theme to celebrate the color and beauty that families and friends bring to the event each year. Rakesh added “Color the skies with us. Everyone is welcome!”
Sure to generate more colors and laughter this year, the “Childrens’ Tail Chase” features kids, separated into various age group, working together to capture the tail of a kite expertly flown by Mr. Bahadur. The festival’s busy schedule this Sunday is also packed with a number of fun kite contests including “Most Beautiful” (handmade & commercial), “Highest Flying”, “Largest & Smallest Kites”, ”Youngest & Oldest Kite Flyers”, “Most Unique Or Unusual Kite”, “Funniest Kite”, “Most Unflyable Kite”, and “Best of Fest” -recognizing the best overall kite entry and participant of the day. Finally, festival organizers will select a winner of the “Lion Award”- created in the memory of Chad Dreier and his loving family who are long time supporters of the festival. The festival is held each year in the Great Meadows on the west campus of Santa Barbara City College, 973 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, Ca 93109 (next to SBCC’s Garvin Theater). Admission to the festival is free. Parking is available on both west campus and the main campus. Kites, food, and beverages can be purchased at the event.