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High-flying festival calls out to kite lovers April 15

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High-flying festival calls  out to kite lovers April 15

The Knights of Columbus and City of Livingston will host the Time to Fly Kite Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 15 at Livingston Middle School, 101 F St.

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POSTED April 6, 2012 9:35 p.m.

LIVINGSTON — The City of Livingston is inviting Valley residents to go fly a kite — or rather come to the town’s first annual Kite Festival and fly one together.

The Knights of Columbus and City of Livingston will host the Time to Fly Kite Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 15 at Livingston Middle School, 101 F St.

The event will kick-off with the landing of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, and then really get flying with professional kite demonstrations and kite-making workshops. The first 400 kids at the festival will get a free kite, and there will be plenty of open space for free flying kite lovers or those who just want to appreciate the view.

This will be the first year Livingston has hosted this type of event, but organizers borrowed the idea from a Merced kite festival that hasn’t taken off since 2006.

“It was a great event for families,” said Livingston Recreation Commissioner Julio Valadez.

Valadez said the Livingston event will have the same high-flying family fun and give kids a reason to get away from the video games.

“It’s just about having fun; getting out of the house and being active,” Valadez said.

Despite its name, the festival will have more than just kites. There will be a host of children’s activities including bounce houses and face painting. The South Pacific Dance Group, Philippine Dancers, Folkloric Dance Group and the Los Viejitos Dance are all scheduled to perform, and there will be a pie eating contest.

According to Valadez, the pie eating contest was very popular at the Merced event and Livingston organizers are hoping to bring over that same excitement. The festival is still looking for a pie sponsor.

For more information on the event, or to sponsor the pie eating contest, contact Valadez at 277-1402.



— KRISTINA HACKER
209 staff reporter

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