There may have been 1000 or more up in the air, although the official count was 811 flying at the same time at the moment of the official count when the siren sounded, and that was enough to more than double the previous state record of 368.
“Sydney kite expert Michael Richards said he had never seen so many kites in the air on the beach,” said promotions co-ordinator Kim Rosen, “even at the Festival of the Winds in Sydney.”
But how ever many kites actually were flying on the beach over the course of the afternoon – and some estimated more than 1300 – Kim insists it was “not about the numbers”.
“We’re delighted with the way it all went,” she said. “It was the best attended festival ever, with up to 7000 participating in kite flying and all the other activities.”
The committee is already thinking about next year’s record attempt, when it will be so much easier with people knowing what to expect, and prepared for eventualities such as the wind preventing the sound of the starting siren from carrying all the way down the beach.
The preparation activities on Saturday were also much appreciated and enjoyed by the many kids and parents and grandparents who turned up to get help with decorating bikes and making kites, and almost three-year-old Scarlet Schreiber-Dolan from Ocean Shores summed up the feeling of the day.
“It’s such a lovely party nanny,” she said, watching all the kids running round in the park trying out their newly-made kites.
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