Kite Festival to blow visitors away

The Coolum Kite Festival is coming soon.
The Coolum Kite Festival is coming soon.

The countdown is on for the 9th annual Coolum Kite Festival to be held on October 3 and 4 at Stumers Creek.

Organisers expect around 40,000 spectators to attend the event, which attracts some of the best national and international kite flyers showcasing their impressive skills over the two days.

Kites of all shapes and sizes will be on display, including some massive character and theme-based kites. Spectators will also have the opportunity to participate in a series of windsock, kite and lantern-making workshops.

This year’s festival will feature 60 top kite surfers battling the waves in one of Australia’s biggest downwind events, the ‘Off the Lip’ Kite Surfing Challenge.

But the festival, which is one of Australia’s largest, is not just about kites. There will be fireworks, roving “street” performers, food and market stalls, night time skydiving and sand sculptures as well as a kids’ zone with activities for children of all ages.

Festival president Gem Lewis said the skies would be “alive with the spectacular array of kites” during the day, while the evening program would provide a diverse range of entertainment and music by moonlight.

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