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Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival


What can be just two inches wide or up to 90-feet long, can fight or dance on command and flies through the air over Lincoln City every summer? Nope, it’s not a mutant seagull … It’s a kite!

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The Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival is one of the largest in the country, bringing tourists to D River Wayside State Recreation Site each year to watch hundreds of colorful kites take to the skies. 

The kites range in shape and size, with some measuring more than 90-feet long and weighing over 35 pounds.

Specialty events like Rokkaku, a style of Japanese kite fighting, and synchronized team stunts give “featured fliers” a chance to show their stuff; but anyone with a kite and a string is welcome to join in the fun. 

“You can’t swim in the ocean, so what do you do when you come to the beach?” asks David Gomber, a Rokkaku world champion and Lincoln City resident. “The answer to that is, you fly a kite.”  

Interested fliers can learn more at the Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival website.

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