The 11th Cape Fear Kite Festival is a wrap! Thank you to the thousands (yes, thousands) of spectators who made it worth our while, to our daughter Holly, who sold everything we had, to the very patient park rangers as they dealt with the steady overflow of traffic, to the food trucks who nearly sold out, but especially to the kite/banner flyers who came from up and down the East coast to make it all happen. We simply could not have done it without you….
Mike and Judy Agner
- We (the organizers) are as prepared as we can be but there will be many things that cannot be done till the last minute and those minutes have arrived. That being said, I will no longer be able to answer individual questions posted on the web page or Facebook page so please understand. I will try to keep the Facebook page updated each day with information and pictures. Please scroll through the site for additional information.Thank you all so much for making this what it is, we literally couldn’t/wouldn’t do it without you!Mike and Judy
Counting down now! Weather forecast remains unchanged with chilly starts to both mornings with high near 70. Winds forecast to be out of the NNE at 7-9 which would be right down the beach. Plenty of tee shirts for another layer in the morning and kites to tempt you into joining us in this fun sport! As my husband likes to say, “sure the kites cost, but the wind is free!”
- Cape Fear Kite Festival is totally non-profit, organized and run by two dedicated kite flyers who just want to spread the word. That being said, the only way we can keep this going is for you to support us by buying festival tee shirts and kites. The short sleeved shirts (blue) are $20 and the long sleeved (white and available in select sizes) are on sale for $20. We also bring a few easy to fly, simple to put together kites ranging in price from$20-$30. Thank you in advance for your support! And don’t forget the food trucks, they are independent operators and will be out in the parking lot. See you soon!!
Latest forecast for Cape Fear Kite Festival next weekend – – wait for it – – – 68 degrees both days, partly cloudy Saturday with winds out of the WNW at 7 (maybe more on the coast), mostly sunny Sunday winds W at 4 – hopefully a bit more at the beach! C’mon down!! We will all do everything in our power to make it worth your while…
10 day forecast from Weatherbug…. Saturday 11/5, 68 degrees, partly cloudy. Sunday 11/6 69 degrees, partly cloudy. With that being said, we can hope!!! It means dressing in layers with chilly starts in the morning. Will keep you posted and are looking forward to seeing you!
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (which is adjacent to the festival site) has once again agreed to be our Community Partner. They will have a presence at the festival with an educational display as well as flyers with admission discounts for both days. In addition, they will open their overflow parking area for spectators. A big thank you to this organization for their support!
It is with a heavy heart that we convey the news that one of our kite-flyers, Marty Groet, passed away this morning. Marty was with us from the very first event and had faithfully attended every year – he even designed our original logo ( the kite with the big eyes and sunglasses). Fly free Marty, fly high and free. There will be an empty spot in our sky.
November 5th and 6th will be here before we know it! All this beautiful weather in the last two weeks makes us hope it will continue. We say the times are 10am to 4pm but you will see kite flyers out there before 10 and after 4 if conditions are right. That being the key phrase – last year we had a perfect, warm and sunny day on Saturday and flew everything we brought. Sunday, the wind was 30-40 mph, and it turned cold and rainy. Folks asked “why aren’t you flying kites?” Well, there is such a thing as too much wind – many of these big show kites have intricate stitching and interior lines to facilitate the shape and that much wind can destroy them. And when all that fabric gets heavy from being wet… well, you know what happens. So with that being said, please understand that all the kite flyers want to put on a show for you and will do everything in their (our) power to make it happen!
See you then! Judy
We are excited that we have secured two food trucks (A and M Red Food Truck and Little Chefs) for the festival. Given that the site is pretty remote, we wanted to be able to offer food and beverages for you all. They will be on the edge of the parking area both days so please keep them busy!
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The Courtyard by Marriott in Carolina Beach has again given us a discounted room rate at their beach-front hotel for festival spectators. The rates are available for the nights of November 4th and 5th for attendance at the Cape Fear Kite Festival the 5th and 6th. The code for this rate is CKFS and the contact at the hotel is Alli. Reservations must be made by October 4th to secure this rate. The hotel is closest to the festival site and in the center of Carolina Beach in proximity to other restaurants and attractions. The direct number there is 910-458-2030.
We are again Community Partners with the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher and they will share their parking spaces and offer discounts for aquarium admission.
Can’t wait to see you there! Just hope for good wind and weather both days….
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Weather permitting, the annual Cape Fear Kite Festival will be held this weekend at a new location.
Held at Wrightsville Beach in previous years, the festival, which is in its 10th year, is moving this year to the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Flags of all shapes, styles and colors will be filling the skies above the beach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Kite fliers will be launching fish and other sea creatures into the air, including a 100-foot blue whale, to go with the marine theme of the festival.
The event is free and open to the public. There will be food trucks and other vendors offering food for purchase. Free parking is available at the recreation area as well as at the nearby North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, which is the festival’s community partner this year. Festival attendees will receive $1 off general admission to the aquarium this weekend.
Visitors should also be aware that Fort Fisher Boulevard is currently being repaved in Kure Beach, so traffic delays and backups can be expected.
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