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Media Release Posted 24th March 2013
If you’re in Emu Park on 7th April remember to look up. The FREE Emu Park
Lions’ Club Festival of the Wind is on again and the sky above will be filled
with giant kite trains, Rokkaku fighting kites, fireworks and much, much
Markets start at 8am and the Festival of the Wind begins at 11am at
Fisherman’s Beach, Emu Park. This alcohol-free family event includes kite
making, a Coastguard flare and rescue demonstration and a lantern parade.
The day will go off with a bang with the Wide Bay Australia fireworks display.
A special drawcard this year will be South Australian banner and kite
makers Linda and Kevin Sanders. Both have been designing and making
kites and banners for 15 years with Kevin specialising in single line and
sports kites and Linda in banners through her feather banner making
business QzFeathers™. She is in her fourth year as the American Kite
Association’s Regional Director.
Under a sky filled with colour, the Festival of the Wind takes on a carnival
atmosphere with rides, games, entertainment and plenty of food and drinks.
Entry is free for all competitions including sand sculpture, Frisbee throwing
and beach games. The day also includes a yacht race from the Keppel Bay
Bill Moore, coordinator of Festival of the Wind, praised the sponsors and the
volunteer workforce which makes this community event happen every year.
“As well as Lions’ Club members, many people from the local community
give their time to this event.”
For a great family fun day out, journey down to Emu Park this April 7th.
Check out Emu Park Festival of the Wind on facebook
Background briefing on Emu Park Lion’s 14th Annual Kite Festival
From 11am to 7pm – 7th April 2013
Festival of Wind is one of the best family kite festivals in Australia. It has continued to grow in popularity each year since it began in 1999. It is now attracting internationally famous kite designers from South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and the Gold Coast. These expert kite flyers are backed by enthusiastic members of the Queensland Kite Flyers Society from Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton.
Bring the littlies and old folk to EmuPark’s FishermansBeach and join in a day of beach fun designed for families. This is a true community day for all people in the region. Old and young, singles and families are encouraged to actively participate or just sit back and chill out while watching kite displays put on by the best kite flyers in Australia. It is an alcohol free event with no entry fees. While kites are the focus of the festival, beach games with free-entry competitions promising great prizes will help make it a fun day out for the whole family.
The team from Sydney based Kite Magic are on hand to give advice to anyone interested in learning to fly duel line stunt kites. They will have on sale a great range of specialist kites not normally seen in the Rocky area.
The littlies are encouraged to assemble and decorate their own kit kite with the assistance of Lion’s club volunteers and then run down to the beach and join the visiting expert kite flyers who can help make any adjustments which might be needed and can quickly repair damaged kites on the spot.
The annual Rokkaku fighting kite competition will feature a series of 6 heats where eight kites at a time will be simultaneously launched. On a given signal the fighting begins with each flyer attempting to cut or ensnare the strings of their opponent’s kites while keeping their own kite in the air. The last kite remaining in the grand final takes away the coveted annual trophy.
For the Mums and Dads we have a great market day set up in nearby BellPark together with wild rides at family prices for junior thrill seekers.
In funding and running this festival as a community service, the Emu Park Lion’s club seeks to strengthen our local community while at the same time showcase EmuPark’s beautiful beaches to regional families and tourists alike. EmuPark Lions thank our many generous sponsors, our local business community and the Rockhampton Regional Council for their ongoing support of our fund raising efforts throughout the year.
And don’t forget to fireworks at dusk sponsored by Wide BayAustralia. We are happy to provide a money back guarantee! They will blow your socks off!
For details of the days program please visit; www.festivalofthewind.com. The latest news on the festival is shared with our friends at facebook.com/festivalofthewind