Go Fly a Kite Labor Day Weekend- Mile High Kite Festival

Looking for something different this Labor Day weekend? Go fly a kite.


The seventh annual Mile High Kite Festival is a free event that takes place Sunday, Sept. 6, in the meadows at the top of Beech Mountain next to the Brick Oven Pizzeria.

The festival allows children of all ages to fly a kite at an altitude one mile above sea level. It is sponsored by the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Richmond Air Force kite club from Virginia and the Winds Across Carolina Club and Okra Society from Charlotte.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission and free kites are given to the first 200 kite-festival-004children under 12. There will also be a vendor selling a variety of kites, and folks are welcome to bring their own.

Contests will be held for biggest, smallest and best-decorated kites. All participants receive an official certificate from Beech Mountain mayor Rick Owen that proclaims: “I flew a kite a mile high at Beech Mountain.”

Two members of the Richmond Air Force – Terry Murray and Will Smoot – serve as announcers for the festival, sharing their knowledge of kiting while playing kite-themed music throughout the day.

“The neatest thing about the event is when people drive up the mountain and walk into the field,” says Calder Smoot, the event organizer. “There is just this blast of color with all these kites flying everywhere.”

The field is divided into two areas: one for exhibitions/demonstrations from the kite clubs and one for the general public. Other activities include: children’s races while pulling bol kites, face painting, and a variety of craft vendors.

Festivities for the Mile High Kite Festival weekend actually begin Saturday, Sept. 5, with a special clinic for kite makers from 2-4 p.m. Folks are encouraged to bring their homemade kites, and members of the kite clubs will be on-hand to discuss the intricacies of building kites.

There will also be an all-ages street dance from 7-9 p.m. Saturday in front of town hall.

For information, call (800) 468-5506 or visit www.BeechMtn.com..


  1. This sounds like so much fun! We are gonna try to go to it. Thanks for sharing!