The 11th Annual Kites Over Lake Michigan will once again be held at beautiful Neshotah Beach, Two Rivers, WI. This is now one of the largest kite festivals in the Midwest and attracts kitefliers from all over. Come and marvel at the giant show kites, precision stunt kite teams flying dual- and quad-line kites, spectacular and colorful ground displays, running of the bols, and games for kids. Learn how to fly two and quad line stunt kites from the experts. There will be a night fly on Saturday night, conditions permitting. There will be something new at the beach this year, a pavilion, and it will be built just in time for the event. What is a stage with no music, right? For the first time, we will have a live band, Boogie And The Yoyoz, providing live entertainment on Saturday night from about 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm. This was made possible by our Title and Band Sponsors, Shoreline Credit Union and Fox Communities Credit Union (fomerly RiverWood-Maritime Credit Union). Once again there will be the Fireworks Show after the release of Sky Lanterns on the beach. We are looking for a record breaking number of Sky Lanterns being released this year. UFO will make them available for sale on the beach and the public will be invited to join in the mass ascension. On Sunday, there will be free kite making for kids and another day of kite flying and performances. Free shuttle service available to and from the beach to the Two Rivers High School (Lincoln Avenue/Hwy. 42).
Please note that there is not a specific schedule of the various activities for the kite festival, save for kids kite making on Sunday Sept. 6th, from 9am to 11am, because everything is dependent on the wind conditions at that time. We operate on what we call "kite time" and all activities are based on that. For example if the wind is light, the stunts teams can still fly with their low wind kites but the giant show kites will likely be grounded until the wind picks up. Activities like running of the bols and glider drops will occur regardless of the wind condition.
Date: Sept. 3th and Sept. 4th, 2016
► Sept. 3th: Kite flying events from 11.00am to 4.00pm (Shuttle Bus: 1.00pm to 5.00pm & 7.00pm to 10.00pm).
■ Night Fly
- Sky Lanterns Release
- Fireworks Show (At dusk)
- Live entertainment by Boogie and the Yoyoz from 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm
► Sept. 4th: Kite flying events from 11.00am to 4.00pm (Shuttle Bus: 1.00pm to 5.00pm).
■ Free kids kite making from 9.00am to 11.00am
Place: Neshotah Beach, Two Rivers
Places to stay - sponsor hotels, campgrounds, and B&B
► The Holiday Inn, Manitowoc [(920) 682-6000 www.holidayinnmanitowoc.com ] is the main sponsor hotel for all the kitefliers. We are grateful for their help each year. Please consider getting your rooms there, and mention you are coming to the kite festival and qualify for the special kite festival rate.
► Village Inn On The Lake - hotel and camping. (920) 794-8818 www.villageinnwi.com
► Red Forest Bed And Breakfast - (920) 793-1794 www.redforestbb.com
► Seagull Marina and Campground - (920) 794-7533 www.seagullmarina.com
► Scheffel's Hideaway Campground - (920) 657-1270 www.scheffelshideawaycampground.net
► Fox Hills Resort - (920) 755-2376 www.foxhillsresort.com
► Questions on whether dogs are allowed on the beach - Per City Ordinance, NO dogs are allowed on the beach. Dogs are allowed on pavements, sidewalk and concrete walkways.
► The Shuttle Bus will run from the Two Rivers High School parking lot to Neshotah Beach for both days. Please note the schedule for both days:
- Saturday 9/3/16 - 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm & 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm
- Sunday 9/4/16 - 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
► Alcoholic beverages may NOT be consumed on asphalt or concrete surfaces (parking lots, road, or walkways) per City Ordinance, but is allowed on the beach. NO glass bottles are permitted.
► Please observe these rules for everyone's safety and enjoyment.
► The kiters will fly rain, snow, or shine and will try to get as many kites up as the wind permits.
Image provided by Jeff Dawson of the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers