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Get Competitive and Creative at the Blossom Kite Festival

As days grow longer and sunnier, the National Cherry Blossom Festival continues its celebration of spring with the annual, beloved tradition of the Blossom Kite Festival.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the National Monument Grounds. Two fields will feature a variety of events throughout the day including professional demonstrations, local competitions and live musical performances.

Specialized demonstrations include a showcase of kites by Mikio Toki, a master of traditional Edo-style kites from Japan, choreographed performances by Team KiteLife, Wings Over Washington Kite Club and other local, national and internationally recognized kite fliers as well as live musical performances by the Ian Carroll Band, Guava Jelly and Not a Saint Band.  

Competitors can participate creatively by submitting their original kite designs as part of the 2024 theme: Colors of the Wind. Kites will be judged in a variety of categories including: most impressive flight, most original design, best craftsmanship and more. Participants can also test their kites in the sky at the hot tricks showdown and the Rokkaku Battle.

You can register your kite for competition here. You can read the rules and regulations for the competition here.

The schedule of events kicks off with welcome remarks at 10 a.m. and will feature performances and demonstrations on two fields.

The competition and demonstration field will feature:

KIPP Mass Ascension + Mikio Toki at 10:10 a.m.
Mikio Toki Demo and Kite Ballets at 10:45 a.m.
Team KiteLife Demonstration at 11:15 a.m.
Hot Tricks Showdown at 11:45 a.m.
Team KiteLife Demonstration at 12:30 p.m.
Adult Kite Makers Competition at 1 p.m.
Professional Mass Ascension at 2 p.m.
Kite Arch at 2 p.m.
Rokkaku Battle at 2:30 p.m.
Team KiteLife Demonstration at 3:30 p.m.
Awards at 4 p.m.

The family field will feature: 

Not a Saint Band at 10:30 a.m.
Practice Fly for Youth Kite Makers at 10:45 a.m.
Youth Kite Makers Competition at 12 p.m.
Youth Kite Makers Awards at 12:45 p.m.
Ian Carroll Band at 1:15 p.m.
Mascots Bol Race at 2 p.m.

Visit nationalcherryblossom.org to register, view competition rules and details and learn more about the Blossom Kite Festival.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.

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