The day after the kite festival, organiser Debbie Donovan was still smiling, “As the Lions Club, we pulled it off – our aim was to give Rainbow Beach a free non-alcohol family event, and to show off the best of what Rainbow has to offer – our beautiful beach.”
“The winds were slow in picking up, making us all wait until 11.20am until the wind turned and the kites flew high above Rainbow. I actually saw them from the corner of Double Island Drive – they were on 80 foot high wires. Up to 30 foot wide!”
She describes it as highly successful, “The marketers were happy, kids had a blast on the jumping castle and the Lions sausage sizzle kept everyone fed.”
“Kids coloured in their own kites from the Lion’s tent – they had a great time..even the littlest joined in.”
Many took advantage of the mild weather to enjoy a winter dip in the ocean. “There were thousands around that day – there were 3 weddings plus The Ekka long weekend, car parks were full.”
Debbie said the Queensland Kite Flying Society were wonderful. They let other people bring down their kites to fly and were happy to give information on kite purchases and repairs. Spectators chatted with them all day, delighted with the event.
“The Kite Flying Society said they are coming back next year with even more kites – it’s going to be bigger and better. Plans are already underway for August next year – it’s a great time because it is normally quiet for Rainbow.”