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Blossom Kite Festival
Time: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Washington Monument grounds – Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW (map)
Spring is in the air – literally!
The second annual Blossom Kite Festival presented by the National Cherry Blossom Festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of kite fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations including the popular Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field.
Blossom Kite Festival Schedule – Saturday, March 31, 2012
PLEASE NOTE: Depending on wind and weather, schedule is subject to change
10:30 AM – 10:40 AM Opening remarks, First launch of the Centennial Blossom Kite Arch
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM Kite Ballets & Demonstrations
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Adult Kite Maker Competition (Hand-made kites only)
12:30 – 1:00 PM Kite Ballets & Demonstrations
1:00 – 1:30 PM Youth Kite Maker Competition (Hand-made kites only)
1:30 – 2:30 PM Hot Tricks Showdown
2:30 – 3:00 PM Mini Rokkaku Battle
3:00 – 4:00 PM Rokkaku Battle
4:00 – 4:30 PM Centennial Blossom Kite Arch & Themed Kites
Located on the grounds of the Washington Monument, the Blossom Kite Festival includes 4 areas to explore and enjoy: the Competition & Demonstration Field, Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, and Public Field.
All festival attendees are welcome to fly kites on the Blossom Kite Festival’s Public Field, which requires no registration.
To fly a kite in the Kite Maker Competition, Hot Tricks Showdown, Mini Rokkaku Challenge, Rokkaku Battle, kite makers, kite fliers and kite clubs must register at the Registration Tent on the day of the event. Registration is free of charge.
Adult Kite Maker Competition 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Youth Kite Maker Competition 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Registration for all other competitions will remain open until spaces are filled or the competition begins.
Mini Rokkaku Challenge
Youth will be invited to try their hand at flying a small version of the rokkaku kite flown during the Rokkaku Battle. Participants will be coached by seasoned kite fliers, so prior experience is not necessary! Please note that only a very small number of attendees may participate, so stop by the Registration Tent on the day of the event to secure a spot.
The rokkaku is a hexagonal shaped fighter kite commonly flown in Japan and now in many other parts of the world. In the Rokkaku Battle, individuals or teams compete to “cut” or “ground” opposing kites. All contestants fly together. The last individual or team with a kite remaining in the contest will receive the Rokkaku Battle First Place Award.
Hot Tricks Showdown
One of the most exciting events at the Blossom Kite Festival, master kite fliers take on a single opponent maneuvering their sport kites into amazing configurations during 30 seconds of music. The music and pairings of kite fliers are selected randomly. Opponents will demonstrate their “hot tricks” switching off in 3 rounds, and with only 5 seconds between each demonstration. Winners of each round are determined by the crowd’s applause. The kite flier who wins the last round will receive the Hot Tricks Showdown Award.
Kite Maker Competition
The Festival will feature three categories of competition for those making hand-made kites. The Kite Maker Competition is divided into youth (ages 11 and under) and (ages 12-15) and adults (ages 16 and above). Competitors must make and fly their own kites. For both the youth and teen categories, there will be a first, second and third place award. For the adult category, there will be a Theme Award, People’s Choice Award, and a Grand Prize.
Attention All Kite Makers: To honor the 100th anniversary of the gift of trees from Tokyo, Japan to Washington, DC, this year’s suggested theme is 100 years of Friendship: the gift of trees, 100 years of blossoms, Japan-US friendship, springtime in Washington, DC.
As a precursor to the Blossom Kite Festival, learn about the art of kite making at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Fly A Kite! Workshop on March 17, 2012.
The Blossom Kite Festival is produced by the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the assistance a Kite Advisory Committee consisting of Harold Ames, Jon Burkhardt, Paul LaMasters, Ruth Oyen, Drake Smith and Mike Van Meers.
The 2012 Blossom Kite Festival is supported by Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Eastern National, Smithsonian Associates and the American Kitefliers Association.
P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)