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Treasure Island Kite Festival returns for 17th year

By staff
Published: January 17, 2014
Kites will sail at the annual Treasure Island Kite Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday behind the Thunderbird Beach Resort. TRIBUNE FILE

One of the largest kite festivals in the U.S. will return to Treasure Island for its 17th year on Saturday and Sunday.

In past years, the Treasure Island Kite Festival has brought kite enthusiasts from around the world to the sands behind the Thunderbird Beach Resort at 1070 Gulf Blvd.

Kite flyers will perform aerial ballets and tricks in the Treasure Island Sport Kite Championship, sanctioned and judged by the Eastern League Sport Kite Association.

There will also will be kite flying demonstrations for novices, kites dropping candy and elaborate sky art formed with formations of giant, themed kites — some up to 40-feet long — all creating a nice backdrop for a beautiful beach sunset.

Official competition runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days, but organizers said dazzling recreational kite flying will continue into the evening and even after the sun goes down.

The forecast calls for clear skies and wind speeds of about 17 miles per hour on Saturday and Sunday.

The event is free for spectators.