Redwood Coast Kite Festival
Kite Festivals have something for everyone. Kiting and kite creation is an art form, filling the skies with color and shapes, and employing skills of science, technology, art, and mathematics. It encourages creativity in all ages and skill levels.
Since Spring of 2019, a small and continuously growing group of kiters have been flying on Halverson Park, Waterfront Fields, in Eureka. Several days each week, weather providing, various folks who fly kites can be seen bringing joy to community members. Everyone enjoys watching various types of kites flying in the sky. Kite flying is a healthy outdoor physical activity open to all ages.
The 2022 Redwood Coast Kite Festival will place Humboldt on the map as an important missing link in the chain of West Coast kite festivals. The nearest southern festival is hosted in Berkeley, CA. The nearest northern festival is hosted in Lincoln City, Oregon. Professional kite flyers and kite festival enthusiasts follow this line of festivals up and down the West Coast each year.
The first Redwood Coast Kite Festival in Humboldt took place in 1992. The founder was Mr. Lee Toy. Unfortunately, he passed away before the second festival in 1993. Then, interest in the kite festival shifted to a stronger base of kiting pilots in Southern Oregon. Brookings hosted the Southern Oregon Kite Festival (SOKF) for 25 years through 2018. That free to the public 3 day Kite Festival drew thousands of spectators and reservations at Brookings’ motels, VRBO’s, and B&B’s had to be made a year in advance in some cases. Then, in July of 2021 Brookings ended its hosting of the SOKF leaving a hole for Kite Festivals in this area. Interest in kiting as a sport and art form has continued.
Workshops will be available for a limited number of participants. These will be funded by a combination of ways, some spots will be participant funded while other spots will be “scholarship” or on a sliding scale fee. Registrations will be made through an online portal. Workshops are planned for May 7 and 8, 2022. The Redwood Coast Kite Festival is planned for May 21 and 22, 2022. In collaborative efforts with Artists and galleries associated with the Ink People, Kites as Art installations are being planned to be displayed during the winter and early spring months. The Redwood Coast Kite Festival will be a free public event held along the Humboldt Bay waterfront. Along with the Festival, there will be an Artisans Fair. Will you please join us in making the 2022 workshops and the Redwood Coast Kite Festival a success?
Volunteers can apply here to participate in this event can apply with this form: https://humboldtkiters.org/Volunteers/
Vendors can apply here to participate in this event can apply with this form: https://humboldtkiters.org/vendor-registration/
Vendor Artisan Application Process
We anticipate the number of interested Artists will be high for this 2 day opportunity, May 21 and 22, 2022. The 10×10 spaces can be reserved for a donation of $20 as long as they are available. It is recommended that interested persons complete the application sooner rather than later. The number of vendor/display spots will be limited given the space allowed is anticipated to be the grassy space between the Bonnie Gould Auditorium and Waterfront Walk (adjacent to the Adorni Center, Eureka).
The Redwood Coast Kite Festival (RCKF) is an exciting and new event emerging in Humboldt County that will attract thousands of people locally and from out of town. We believe you will want your business to be recognized as a founding supporter of this annual community event.
Sponsorship levels include:
- Single Line Kite Sponsorship: $250 business name and logo on the RCKF webpage, recognition at all kite display locations and workshops.
- Dual Line Kite Sponsorship: $500 business name and logo on the RCKF webpage, recognition at all kite display locations and workshops, if your business has a printed banner, you are invited to bring it to display on festival days.
- Quad Line Kite Sponsorship: $1,250 business name and logo on the RCKF webpage, recognition at all kite display locations and workshops, if your business has a printed banner, you are invited to bring it to display on festival days. You will be recognized at all workshop opportunities during the year.
- Giant Kite Sponsorship: $2,500 business name and logo on the RCKF webpage, recognition at all kite display locations and workshops. You will be recognized at all workshop opportunities during the year. In addition, Giant Kite sponsors will get 5 official Festival T-Shirts and other things promoting the festival.
NOTE: All sponsorship levels receive appreciation through the Humboldt Kiters Facebook Page, www.HumboldtKiters.org, emails, and newsletters sent to Humboldt Kiters Club members and fans of kiting for the 2022 year.
For your ease and convenience donations can be made safely and securely by though our Ink People DreamMakers project:
Alternatively, a check can be made out to:
Ink People in the sum of your sponsorship with the words “Humboldt Kiters” in the memo line. Check should be mailed to: Ink People, 627 Third Street, Eureka, CA 95501.
We appreciate your time and consideration.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
RCKF Coordinator Mark Ahrens at (707) 442-8413 or [email protected]
Jimmie Nord, HK Founder
Mark Ahrens, HK Coordinator