High-flying fun with strings attached


A dancing array of kites will colour Rosebud’s skyline on March 10 for the 16th annual Rosebud Kite Festival. The free family-friendly event features hundreds of giant and novelty kites taking flight alongside families enjoying their own kite-flying excitement. This much-loved wind-powered festival features the latest designs and displays from international kite-flying professionals. From soaring whales, penguins and crabs to flying dragons, there’s fun to be had identifying each of the maxi kites. And the Australian-themed delta kites and animated designer kites wow the crowds as well. 

Rosebud Chamber of Commerce and Kite Festival spokeswoman Lisa Phillips says: “The kite festival has become a much-loved tradition for so many families. No matter your age, no matter your ability, everyone can fly a kite. It’s good old-fashioned fun, and the art of kite flying continues to be celebrated across the world.”   

Event founder Alison Doherty added: “This year we welcome back internationally acclaimed duo Craig and Debbie Hansen, from New Zealand. Craig is a member of the world-famous show kite company the Peter Lynn Flying Group, which manufactures the world’s largest kites and holds several Guinness Book of World Records.”

Set on the beautiful Rosebud foreshore, the festival features kite-making workshops as well as stalls to purchase your own kites. Food trucks, live music, roving entertainment, carnival rides and interactive SES and CFA displays all add to the relaxed vibe of the event. For a full festival program, go to rosebudbythebay.com.au/rosebud-kite-festival or on Facebook @rosebudbythebay 

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