A young participant at last year’s Kite Festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Kite Festival will officially turn 20 Friday at Overlook Park. The festival begins at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series. The festival continues from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the park.
The festival’s popular kite building workshops will be held from noon-2 p.m. Children can assemble their own kites and then decorate them. There will also be a stack of pre-made kites that will just need to be personalized.
Other mainstays include the kite doctors who will patch up or repair any damaged kites and a number of vendors that will have food available for purchase including roasted corn and Navajo tacos and fry bread.
Other fixtures, that have been a part of the Kite Festival since its inception, are the kite vendors. Carveth and Luella Kramer of Taos and Sam and Barbie Pedreghon and Cheryll Faust from Colorado have transported their large kites, stunt kites and banners to the Overlook Park for 20 years.
Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Marlane Hamilton said, “They have been big supporters of our festival. They bring the big kites and they make it exciting and colorful.”
Los Alamos Arts Council Board President Chris Monteith said the Kite Festival is a special event. “I think that it is a wonderful event for families to attend; the fact it is the 20th anniversary shows the dedication of the community and our donors to such an unique opportunity.”
She added, “I don’t know anywhere else that does something like this.” The kite festival is offered free to the community.