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                                                               CONTACT:        Danielle Piacente
                                                                               Communications Manager
                                                                               National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, DC [March 4, 2013] --The National Cherry Blossom Festival presents the annual Blossom Kite
Festival on Saturday, March 30 on the grounds of the Washington Monument (Constitution Avenue and 17th
Street, NW) from 10:00am-4:30pm. The event is known as the kick-off to kite season, and there are five areas
to explore and enjoy: the Competition & Demonstration Field, Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, Family
Field, and Public Field.
On the Competition & Demonstration field (free registration required), experienced kite makers enter kites
with the theme of “Spring Around the World,” showcasing cultural heritage, international kite traditions and
international friendship. The Kite Makers Competition for adults has an added incentive to enter: the grand
prize is roundtrip airfare for two on Turkish Airlines (terms and conditions may apply). The popular
Rokkaku Battle and Hot Tricks Showdown are displays of kite flying showmanship. The Rokkaku Battle
features hexagonal-shaped fighter kites commonly flown in Japan and now in many other parts of the world. In
the Battle, teams of kite fliers compete to “cut” or “ground” opposing kites. The Hot Tricks Showdown is a
competition in which multi-line kite fliers engage in a series of one-on-one competitions and maneuver their
sport kites in amazing flight patterns during 30 seconds of music. The winners are selected by audience
applause. Spectators are encouraged to show enthusiasm!

Youth competitions take place on the Family Field. Families can also get expert advice and practice new
skills. In the Kite Club Display Area, master kite fliers and kite makers showcase their prized kites. This area
is limited to invited individuals and clubs. Throughout the Activity Tents, children can make a kite with the
West Indian-American Kite Association while supplies last, decorate a bookmark with the Festival Goodwill
Ambassadors, and decorate a wind sock with the National Aquarium. In addition, receive lessons from
experienced fliers and visit the Kite Doctor to repair a damaged or broken kite. All attendees are welcome on
the Public Field, no registration is required. A custom kite arch constructed of 100 handmade small pink kites,
organized by the Maryland Kite Society in 2012, provides a gorgeous focal point to open and close the day.
The 2013 kite of the Blossom Kite Festival, featuring the work of official Festival artist Eric Abel, is also
available to purchase at the event through Eastern National’s support.
The Blossom Kite Festival is produced by the Festival with the assistance of a Kite Advisory Committee. The
event is supported by Turkish Airlines, The Washington Examiner, CroppMetcalfe, and media partner BIG
100.3. Additional support is provided by the American Kitefliers Association, Smithsonian Associates, Wings
Over Washington Kite Club, and Maryland Kite Society. After opening remarks at 10:00am, the schedule
Blossom Kite Festival Schedule (schedule subject to change based on wind and weather)
Competition Field                                           Family Field
10:15-11:00am - Kite Ballets & Demonstrations               10:30-11:00am - Youth Kite Makers Practice Fly
11:00am-1:00pm - Adult Kite Makers Competition              11:00am- Noon - Youth Kite Makers Competition
1:00-1:30pm - Demonstration: Kite Aquarium                  Noon-1:00pm - Learn to Fly
1:30-2:30pm - Hot Tricks Showdown                           1:00-1:30pm - Mini Rokkaku Challenge
3:00-4:00pm - Rokkaku Battle                                1:30-2:30pm - Bol Races
4:00-4:30pm - Kite Arch & Awards                            2:30-4:30pm - Kite Lessons

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2013 Festival, March 20 - April
14, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting
traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. The 2013 Festival commemorates
the 101st anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and
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