Kiters to hit the beach

Kiters to hit the beach

The first-ever Kenai Kite Festival will be held at the Kenai North Beach from noon to 2 p.m.

This Saturday, Kenai residents should keep an eye on the skies — not for birds, or planes, or even Superman, but for kites. The first-ever Kenai Kite Festival, organized by the City of Kenai, will be held at the Kenai North Beach via Spruce Street from noon to 2 p.m. Residents can bring their own kites or come to the Kenai Library on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. to make a diamond kite for free out of materials donated by Spenard Builders Supply. On Saturday, the first 50 kids to arrive will receive free kites donated by Walmart as well as free Kite Festival T-shirts.

The idea for the festival was sparked by Kenai Library Director Mary Jo Joiner about three months ago during a planning meeting with other city officials.

“We were trying to come up with a way to highlight the fact that Kenai has a beach,” Joiner said. “And all of sudden the thought occurred to me — let’s fly kites!”

Members from Alaskiters, a kite-flying club based in Anchorage, will be coming down to help build kites on Friday as well as give demonstrations for the crowd Saturday afternoon. Joiner said that if the event is successful, the organizers will include competitions and workshops in the future.

During the planning for the event, the organizers hit an unexpected snag in their line — getting FAA approval to fly the kites in an occupied airspace. Joiner said it was a bit of a hurdle and caused some delay in finalizing the event. Joiner and the others did eventually get the approval, so the kites are cleared for takeoff.

For anyone who will not be on Kenai North Beach Saturday, there are a few spots in town that will offer a good view of the kites in the air: Erik Hansen Scout Park, Meeks trailhead, the Bridge Access Viewing Platform and Kenai South Beach.

For more information about the Kite Building Workshop on Friday or the Kite Festival on Saturday call the Kenai Library at 907-283-4378.

More in News

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, right, slices and serves fresh watermelon during North Peninsula Recreation Service Area’s Family Fun in the Midnight Sun at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in Nikiski, Alaska, on Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
North Peninsula Rec holds annual summer celebration

Attractions at this year’s event included carnival games, food trucks, field games, face painting, live music and demonstrations

The Blood Bank of Alaska’s new Kenai Peninsula center is seen in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, June 17, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Blood Bank relaunches permanent center on Kenai Peninsula

The new location joins others in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Wasilla

Nathan Nelson directs a kite flying dozens of feet up in the sky above Millennium Square in Kenai, Alaska, during the Kenai Kite Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Sun, wind, friends and kites

Kiters both experienced and novice gather for Kenai festival

Marchers walk from the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex to Soldotna Creek Park as part of Soldotna Pride in the Park on Saturday, June 3, 2023 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Pride in the Park, other Pride celebrations set for Saturday

The event starts with the Two-Spirit March, which meets at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex at 11:30 a.m.

Signs direct visitors at Seward City Hall on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Seward, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Seward OKs around $362,000 in purchases for Electric Department material

A pair of resolutions were included and passed within the consent agenda

Sockeye salmon are gathered together at a test site for selective harvest setnet gear in Kenai, Alaska, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Dipnets for commercial setnet fishers given emergency approval by CFEC

Up to three 12-hour periods of commercial dipnetting “may” be allowed each week from June 20 to July 31

Council member Dave Carey speaks during a meeting of the Soldotna City Council in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna explores its water and sewer expansion fees

The fees are a single charge to people who are newly or differently demanding or utilizing the services of the city’s water and sewer system

Sockeye salmon caught in a set gillnet are dragged up onto the beach at a test site for selective harvest setnet gear in Kenai, Alaska, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Disaster determination received for 2023 east side setnet fishery

Disasters have been recognized for 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

Design Project Manager Steve Noble and Public Involvement Lead Stephanie Queen appear to discuss the Sterling Safety Corridor Improvements project during a meeting of the Soldotna City Council in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Sterling Safety Corridor project to get ‘reintroduction’ at community meetings this month

The corridor begins near Whistle Hill in Soldotna and ends shortly after Swanson River Road in Sterling

Most Read