Annual Kite Festival and Artisan Fair comes to Eureka along with the Pro’s

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 There was a big crowd at the Redwood Coast Kite Festival and Artisan fair today, attracting both local Kite enthusiasts and professionals alike. 

We spoke to members of sisters of the skies and the United States Kite team. 

“So we just left France, right? So we’re world class, right? We got the jackets and everything. Right? And yet I have to tell you, though, one of my very favorite things to do is to come to the really small festivals like this”, says Katrina Bruland, a member of the team USA kite team. 

You don’t need to be a pro to enjoy the Kite Festival and there’s a variety of activities to engage in, from synchronized kite flying to solo kite crafts. 

“Flying is very meditative for me. And, I find that, you know, all distractions kind of disappear, and I can, you know, I’m, I’m focused on the kite and getting it to do what I want it to do, and that really just helps clear my mind. And I really enjoy that”, says Linzy Abobtt, another member of team USA’s kite team. 

Among the returning guests this year are champions from years past. 

“I made it here for ‘93. And won the Blue ribbon in the fighter FLIGHT competition.  The festivals in ‘92, ‘93 are competitively oriented. The current festival was much more just for fun. There’s demonstrations. There’s obviously world class fires. You just met a couple, it’s not competitive at all. This event is strictly for fun, and I particularly like that”, says Steve Millspaugh,1993 Kite Festival blue ribbon winner. 

The Festival will continue Sunday May 19 from 10am-4pm.

In Eureka with Redwood News I’m Tucker Caraway.