Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kiters Honour Festival; It's Been Canned but Fliers Refuse to Let Spirit Die

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kiters Honour Festival; It's Been Canned but Fliers Refuse to Let Spirit Die

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Byline: Anne-Louise Brown

THE Coolum Kite Festival may have lost its puff, but diehard kiters will be flying its banner when they take to the beach at Coolum in September.

Alan Bayley, a veteran kiter and president of the Queensland Kite Fliers Association, said Coolum was his favourite place to launch his collection of kites and the festival, which was cancelled in March, was his favourite event.

He said a contingent of about 20 fliers association members would head to the Sunshine Coast on September 25-26 to keep the festival's spirit alive.

"You just can't let something like the kite festival die," Mr Bayley said.

"I was there back in 2001 when the first festival was planned and watched it grow.

"Even though there will be no festival this year a group of us have decided we'll come in September for a fly."

Craig Hansen, a New Zealand kiter, will head to Australia for the gathering, bringing with him a collection of huge kites, some up to 20 metres long. …

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