Kites set to take off

More than 800 school kids have created a spectacular postcard preview of next month’s Coolum Kite Festival, which is expected to attract 40,000 spectators.

As kites of all shapes and sizes flew carefree in the breeze at Coolum Beach last week, festival president Gem Lewis said the Schools Day program was one of the ways the event engaged with the community.

"The festival isn’t just about families with young children," she said.

"It’s about making sure we offer something to everyone."

The kites were made after professional kite flyers visited schools and provided students with basic kites to decorate.

As well as thousands of kites, this year’s festival, to be held on October 3 and 4, will feature kite-surfing, live performances, sand sculptures, night skydiving and fireworks

"This year we’re educating the community about the endangered Richmond Birdwing Butterfly," Ms Lewis said.


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