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International Kite Festival ~ May 26-29
The Wildwoods will officially kick off the 2017 summer season at the Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony on Friday, May 26 on the beach at noon next to the Wildwoods Convention Center. Tourism and city officials, guest speakers and over 300 elementary school children will participate in the ceremony to officially ‘unlock’ the ocean with a large, ornate key and open the summer season. There will be plenty of colorful kites in the air and after the ‘unlocking’, the children will fly kites that they made earlier that morning in kite-making workshops inside the Convention Center, officially kicking off the International Kite Festival. This event is FREE to attend.

The 32nd Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, the largest kite festival in North America, also begins that day and features kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations. The kite festival officially starts at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 26 featuring an illuminated night kite fly on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue.

The Kite Festival continues on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, starting at 9 a.m. daily, with the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships featuring the best sport kite pilots in the United States. The championships are comprised of a variety of competitions for individuals, pairs and teams. Also during the weekend, join in the Candy Drop, Running of the Bols, Rev Games or Rokkaku Team Challenge; fly a kite on the Learn to Fly Field or watch the Fighter Kite Competition. More fun is to be had with kite exhibits and workshops on the beach.

The Wildwoods International Kite Festival Auction will be held in the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. The auction is open to the public and many unique kites and collectibles will be up for bid.

The kite festivities conclude with the World Indoor Kite Competition at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Monday, May 29 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite without wind and performances will be choreographed to music.

For additional information about the 32nd Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, please call 732-822-4884 or visit www.SkyFestivals.com.

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