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For Immediate Release:
October 07, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade County Parks & Skyward Kites Present the 21st Annual ''Kitetoberfest'' Kite Festival at Haulover Park

Sunday, October 20, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The skies over Haulover Park will display a marvelous array of colors and figures from hundreds of kites, as the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Skyward Kites present the 21st annual “Kitetoberfest” kite festival on Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The event will feature paper kite-building classes and kite demonstrations from longtime kite enthusiasts.  In addition, there will be kite-flying competitions for both children and adults.  Prize categories for the kite competitions run the gambit from the highest-flying and most unusual kites to the best homemade kite and the kite with the longest tail.

People of all ages are encouraged to come out to fly their kites, make their own kites for free or purchase an already-made kite.  Shoes with socks recommended for open field activities. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.


Event admission is free.  There is no fee for the kite classes or competitions. Parking is $6.  For more information, contact Dan Ward at Skyward Kites at 305-893-0906.  

Haulover Park is located at 10800 Collins Ave. For directions and information about Haulover Park, call 305-947-3525 or visit Miami-Dade County Parks on the web at www.miamidade.gov/parks. To stay up to date on all future events like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/miamidadeparks; follow us on Twitter @miamidadeparks. You can also see past events on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/miamidadeparks.

About Skyward Kites

Recognized as one of the best places for people to fly kites in South Florida, the open space and fresh ocean breezes of Haulover Park make it the ideal location for Skyward Kites.  Skyward Kites’ kite shop has operated out of Haulover Park for nearly 20 years and boasts the largest selection of kites, windsocks and wind spinners in Miami, from diamonds and deltas to Para-foils and box varieties.  They are open 364-days a year (Closed Christmas Day), from 10 a.m. till sunset, with free parking for kite shop patrons.  They offer kiting activities year-round, including kiting parties for birthdays or any occasion. Skyward Kites, a partner-vendor of Miami-Dade County Parks, is just one example of the variety of programs and activities offered throughout the diverse Miami-Dade County Parks systemFor more information about Skyward Kites visit http://www.skywardkites.com/. 

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department

Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.miamidade.gov/parks_foundation

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Who:
Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Skyward Kites
What:
21th Kitetoberfest Kite Festival
When:
October 20, 2013, 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Where:
Haulover Park
10800 Collins Avenue