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Annual Zilker Kite Festival in Austin this Sunday

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 08: A man poses for a photo underneath a large octupus kite during the Singapore Kite Festival on September 8, 2012 in Singapore.
SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 08: A man poses for a photo underneath a large octupus kite during the Singapore Kite Festival on September 8, 2012 in Singapore.
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Every year on the first Sunday in March thousands of people gather at Zilker Park in Austin to fly kites and compete in different kite related activities. This Sunday March 2 is the 86th annual Zilker Kite Festival and there is no admission cost to attend or participate in any of the contests.

The Zilker Kite Festival was founded in 1928 by the Exchange Club of Austin and has grown in attendance every year. Even though guests are encouraged to bring their own kites ABC Home & Commercial Services will be selling kites to benefit Communities in Schools. For those who want to make their own there will be an on-site kite making workshop sponsored by H-E-B. Since accidents do happen sometimes there will be a Kite Hospital to repair any tears or rips that kites might suffer.

The competitions are open to those with homemade kites only and are divided between youth and adult divisions. Categories include largest kite, steadiest kite, smallest kite, strongest pulling kite, most unusual kite and highest angle kite.

Other activities include rock wall climbing, a mechanical bull, face painting and many other activities for children as well as over 40 different food vendors. Festival goers are encouraged to use social media to share pictures and other festival related activities via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ZilkerKiteFest. Shuttle rides will be available due to the limited parking on site. Check online for more information.

What:
86th Annual Zilker Kite Festival

Where:
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78746

When:
Sunday March 2, 2014
Rain date:
Sunday March 9, 2014

Time:
10a.m. to 5p.m.

Source: Jenni Gritti/Wyatt Brand