By Alyssa Pitcher
Come out next weekend to experience kite flying, skim boarding and food on the sands of Birch Bay. The beach will be filled with kite flyers on June 20 and 21 for the Birch Bay Kite Festival hosted by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 (BBBPRD2).
Located at the Birch Bay Visitor Center at 7900 Birch Bay Drive, the festival will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free kites will be given to children on a first-come, first-served basis, said chamber board member Wayne Diaz.
New to the event this year, BBBPRD2 is sponsoring a skimboarding demonstration as well as lessons, said Heidi Homes, BBBPRD2 program manager. The demonstration, taught by skimboard enthusiast Jeff Blotsky, will be on Saturday, June 20, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The festival will feature a kite-building contest that costs $5 to participate. The contest is split up into categories based on age. Local businesses have donated prizes, which will be awarded in each category.
Vendors selling goods such as kettle corn and hot dogs will be there on both days of the festival. In previous years the festival has attracted about 300 people including contest participants and spectators, Diaz estimated.