Decorated bikes at last year’s Kites and Bikes Festival at Brunswick Heads.
Decorated bikes at last year’s Kites and Bikes Festival at Brunswick Heads.

Big weekend for kite record attempt

BRING the bike, the kite, granny and the picnic and head to Brunswick Heads this weekend for affordable eco-friendly family fun - that’s the message from the organisers of the biggest yet Kites and Bikes Festival on all this weekend, March 21 and 22.

Last-minute registrations for the Country Energy Kite Record Attempt will be available at the Housie Shed on Saturday from 11am to 4pm, where kites can be made and decorated on the spot, in preparation for what promises to be one of the most spectacular sights in the town’s history on the following day, the attempt to get 1000-plus kites up in the air simultaneously.

Kite Record participants are required to the marshal at 1.30pm on the beach, while Samba Blistass lead spectators from the township to watch the Kite Record attempt.

The Westpac Rescue helicopter will do a winch rescue demonstration in the surf to keep everyone entertained while getting in position and waiting for the hooter to sound at 2pm when up go all the kites.

As well as getting help with kite making, kids can also come along to the Housie Shed on Saturday between 11 and 2 to get help and inspiration from a team of volunteers and helpers who will provide ideas and materials for bike decorating.

This year there is a prize and iceblock for every bike parade entrant, as well as some extra prizes for the most creative bike costumes.

Children must register for the Siwicki RE Bike Parade 15 minutes prior to the start of their section at the picnic shelter in Terrace Park, to assist Kim Mitchell, the Parade Co-ordinator and the SES marshals, and "Bear" will be there as well to help.

The parents and strollers section kicks off on Sunday at 10am, kindy and infants (3-7 years) at 10.15am, lower primary (8-9 years) at 10.30am and upper primary (10 years and over) parade at 10.45am.

Apart from all the hands-on kite and bike activities, mask making and craft, acro jumps, and skateboarding, there is lots of entertainment all over the weekend absolutely free.

Programs can be picked up anywhere around the town to help choose between Spaghetti Circus and Circus Arts performances, a Pinocchio Pantomime, Samba Blistass Drumming, fire squirting and extreme trial bike stunts.

After the Country Energy Kite Record attempt on the beach is over, a final flurry of activity has been organised to conclude the day.

The exciting and colourful Lucky Duck Race from bridge to bridge commences at 3pm, and yellow ducks can be purchased now at the Brunswick Visitor Centre or on the day at the information tent or Rotary BBQ for a chance to win a two nights at Mantra on Salt Resort in an ocean view apartment, a massage treatment or stand-up paddle lesson.

Also at 3pm youth band ‘Tupelo’ will perform in the Soundshell, and there will be more Extreme Bike Trial demonstrations and the finals of the Junior Star Search will be held on stage at the Hotel Brunswick.

Anyone who thinks they can dance, sing or play an instrument, but hasn’t yet signed up for the CBA Junior Star Search heats on Saturday from 1-4pm in the Soundshell, can call Kim Mitchell on 66844267 now to secure a place – it’s free to enter and every performer wins a prize.

The weekend promises to be one of great fun for all, and organisers would like to encourage last-minute registrations for the kite record attempt to give the town the chance to break the record.

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