Mile High Kite Festival Weekend - Beech Mountain

Children of all ages are invited to fly a kite this Labor Day weekend in Beech Mountain. The 14th annual Mile High Kite & Craft Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, in the kite field at the Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria. Located at more than 5,000 feet in elevation, the meadow makes it easy to sail kites more than a mile above sea level. The festival weekend includes open kite flying Saturday afternoon and an all-ages street dance Saturday evening. On Sunday, kite-flying music and announcing provided by Terry Murray and Will Smoot of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club from Virginia. Prizes are awarded for the biggest kite, smallest kite and best decorated kite. Other activities include races with kids pulling parachute kites, face painting, and a variety of craft and food vendors surrounding the town meadow. Don’t have a kite? Fret not. Kites are available for sale, and the first 150 kids (age 12 and under) each day receive a free one. The event is sponsored by the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Richmond Air Force kite club and the Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society (WACKOS) from Charlotte. “We like to float the idea to come up and make a weekend of it,” says event organizer Calder Smoot. “In addition to the street dance and kite festival, scenic chairlift rides are available all weekend and folks can enjoy a concert on the lawn Sunday evening following the festival.” The meadow is divided into two areas: one for exhibitions/demonstrations from the kite clubs and one for the general public. For more info on this free festival, call 800-468-5506.