Fight for Flight is Finally Finished – Time for You to Come Join the Fun
After an on-again, off-again, 20+ year battle, kite buggies, blokarts and other wind powered vehicles are allowed to run on portions of Washington State beaches thanks to a ruling made on March 26, 2015 by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
We enthusiasts want to extend our gratitude and thanks to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Project Manager Randy Kline for taking the time to become acquainted with, review, hold meetings and report on our ventures in order to make an informed decision and ultimately revise the rules concerning these activities.
For a copy of the area maps and guidelines established by the Washington State Parks Department, please go to http://napka.org/resources.php and scroll down to the Washington State Beaches section.
Now that beach buggying is official, we would like to invite anyone who is interested to come on down and see a demonstration of the fun that you can have when wind and wheels get together! We’ll be out all week during the Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) on the hard-pack at the end of Sid Snyder Way to show you what it is all about and answer any questions that you may have. Come on down – you won’t regret it.
Has it been awhile since you and your family have gotten to “Play Tourist” on the Peninsula? Hometown Tourism day might be just the ticket for Saturday of fun-filled family time! Several local attractions are working together to offer free and/or reduced admissions on Hometown Tourism Day. Take advantage of this opportunity to see what they have to offer!
Saturday, September 26, 2015
World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame
303 Sid Snyder Drive – Long Beach | FREE ADMISSION | 11 am – 5 pm
2907 Cranberry Road – Long Beach | FREE ADMISSION | 10 am – 5 pm
Cape Disappointment State Park
Ilwaco | FREE PARK ADMISSION, $5 ADMISSION TO LEWIS AND CLARK INTERPRETIVE CENTER | 10 am – 5 pm
115 SE Lake Street – Ilwaco | FREE ADMISSION | 10 am – 4 pm
Fort Columbia State Park
Chinook | FREE ADMISSION to the grounds, including trails | dawn – dusk
The Peninsula Postal Stamp Club of Long Beach, WA is in the process of creating an exhibit of kite stamps from countries around the world. In 2009 the group artistically prepared three 34” X 26” frames of Chinese kite stamps to accompany a new Chinese Kite Celebration at that time. This time, besides using the Museum’s stamps, the group has researched and obtained more varied stamps to extend the total collection. This exhibit will be one of a kind. Keep your eyes open for this unique event and tell your friends.
Before 1915 if you had a kite either you or someone else made it.
This exhibit describes one of the first kite manufacturers, John Frier, Sr. His Company named ALOX rolled off their self-created assembly line kites in 1927.
The Museum, with the assistance of Frier’s granddaughter, Nancy Frier, has created the story of how this industry functioned and survived until 1989.
It includes the dime store and variety store outlets, the shift from paper to plastic, the inclusion of what were called promotion kites, and other necessities to prosper.
Dime Store Signage
Dime Store Kites This exhibit of paper and plastic kites from the 1920s to the 1960s introduces visitors to kites and kite manufacturers of that era.
It includes 3-stick kites, paper diamonds, and box kites; some decorated with old favorites like the Man in the Moon, Jolly Roger, cowboys, etc. Many others of that era advertise products.
Another part of the exhibit collects stories of visitors kite adventures Five unique Peninsula kite stories and a map so visitors can see where they took place is available to everyone.
Dime Store Kites