Kites and Bikes Festival co-ordinator Michelle Kelly (second, from left) with the bike event ‘maestro’ Nick Bowden and volunteer helper Lisa Scheithe flying kites at Brunswick Heads last Sunday with Josh and Alyssa Crawford.
Kites and Bikes Festival co-ordinator Michelle Kelly (second, from left) with the bike event ‘maestro’ Nick Bowden and volunteer helper Lisa Scheithe flying kites at Brunswick Heads last Sunday with Josh and Alyssa Crawford.

Kites and Bikes Fest returns

After a year off, the popular Kites & Bikes Festival will return to Brunswick Heads for one fun-packed day on Sunday, March 27.


The Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce, which organises the festival, recently announced the appointment of co-ordinator, Michelle Kelly.


“Kites and Bikes is a much-loved festival and such a big one to organise that it takes us lots of time and hard work to fundraise to make it happen,” the chamber of commerce’s Kim Rosen said.


“We are thrilled to have Michelle at the helm and she will be working really hard in the coming weeks to find volunteers and sponsors, so we encourage anyone interested in helping out to get in contact.”


The 2009 event saw more than 7000 people flock to Brunswick Heads to join the kite and bike celebrations, including a world kite flying record attempt on Brunswick Heads beach.


“Competing for the world record last time was great, but people told us that what they loved the most was being part of that huge sea of kites – it’s such a spectacle when so many people are flying their kites at the same time,” Ms Kelly said.


“So this year, we’re inviting everyone to come down and join a kite fly-in at 2pm on the Sunday and we hope to get just as many people, if not more, down on the beach flying their kites.”


Also on the festival program is a display of the biggest kites in Australia; kite-making workshops; kite-flying lessons and the Rokakku kite flying challenge.


The ‘bikes’ part of the festival includes a ‘Tour de Bruns’ bike ride; stunt bike display; hinterland bike rides; a bike skills circuit and a colourful bike parade at The Terrace.


Ms Kelly, who has a background in marketing and social media, has set up a Facebook site so that everyone can follow the countdown to the big day.


“People come from all over the shire and all over Australia for this event, so it really is a great opportunity for local businesses to get involved,” she said.


“We also need lots of volunteers to help us before the event and on the day to make sure it all runs smoothly so I would love to hear from anyone who can help,” she said.


For further information contact Michelle on 66851003 or 0431 011 050, or email marketing@brunswickheads.org.au


The festival website is www.kitesandbikes.com.au


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