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For Immediate Release:
October 19, 2012

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks Announces the Annual ''Kitetoberfest'' Kite Festival at Haulover Park

Sunday, October 21, from 12-5 p.m.

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The skies over Haulover Park will display a marvelous array of colors and figures from hundreds of kites, as Miami-Dade County Parks and Skyward Kites present the annual "Kitetoberfest" kite festival on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 12-5 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. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Event admission is freeThere is no fee for the kite classes or competitions. Parking is $6.  Haulover Park is located at 10800 Collins Avenue.  For more information, contact Dan Ward at Skyward Kites at 305-893-0906. For directions and information about Miami-Dade Parks' Haulover Park, visit Miami-Dade Parks, or call 305-947-3525. 

About Skyward Kites:
The Skyward Kites shop has operated out of Haulover Park for nearly 19 years and boasts the largest selection of kites, windsocks and wind spinners in Miami, in all shapes and sizes, from diamonds and deltas to Para-foils and box varieties. They're open 364-days a year (Closed Christmas Day), from 10 a.m. till sunset, with free parking for kite shop patrons. The kite shop sells ice-cream treats and cold drinks, and offers kiting activities and birthday party packages year-round. Skyward Kites, a partner-vendor of Miami-Dade Parks, is just one example of the variety of programs and activities offered throughout the diverse Miami-Dade Parks system. 

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of 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 12,848 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 information visit Miami-Dade County Parks or call 3-1-1.

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 visit the Parks Foundation.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.


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