(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes will fill the skies over Haulover Park, on Sunday, February 19, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., for the park's 19th annual Kite Day, presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Skyward Kites. Visitors can expect to see colossal kites by world-renowned kite-makers, such as the 100-foot squid by Peter Lynn of New Zealand, and the 30-foot scuba man and 10-meter flying "Natalie" legs by Martin Lester of the United Kingdom. There will be FREE kite competitions and kite-building classes for all ages, as well as music, food and refreshments available for purchase.
"This year, we have Pete Dolphin, one of the most photographed kite showmen in America, joining us as our special guest and kite ambassador," said Dan Ward, the owner of the Skyward Kites kite shop at Haulover Park, who coordinates Kite Day and other kiting events at the park.
Event-goers are encouraged to come out to fly their kites, attend a kite-making class and make their own paper kites for free. Kites will also, be available for purchase, starting at $5. There will be kite competitions for children and adults with prizes for the best homemade kites, highest flying kites, prettiest kites, and kites with the longest tails.
"We especially encourage folks to bring kites that are traditional of styles from other countries," said Ward. "In years past we have hosted kites representative of China, Colombia, Jamaica, Peru, and many more. This is a fantastic way to celebrate the unique cultural diversity that we have in South Florida."
Haulover Park is located at 10800 Collins Ave., Miami. Festival admission is FREE. Parking is $6. For more information about Kite Day and other kiting activities at Haulover Park, contact Dan Ward at Skyward Kites, 305-893-0906. For directions and information about Haulover Park, call 305-947-3525.
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 19 years and boasts the largest selection of kites, windsocks and wind spinners in Miami, from $5 and up; in all shapes and sizes, 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 system.
About Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department
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Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 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 Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For more information about Miami-Dade Parks, the public can call 3-1-1, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.