Kites will fly over Algoma Beach for Soar on the Shore


ALGOMA – Kites will once again color the skies of Crescent Beach in the eighth edition Soar on the Shore Kite and Beach Festival takes place on August 20.

Like other kite festivals, the highlight of this free, family-friendly event is probably the acrobatic flight displays, often synchronized to music like an aerial dance routine along the shore of Lake Michigan. The routines will be performed by members of Fire and Ice, a professional kite team from Chicago that performed at last year’s festival, and other kite experts.

The Wisconsin Kiters Club will also have giant kites on hand and will be performing a kite candy drop for the kids. Its members will be available to answer questions about kiting and give advice to those interested in learning more about kiting.

In addition to stunt shows, kites of all shapes and sizes, with designs ranging from artistic to cartoon characters, will be in the air throughout the event as experts demonstrate. There will be space for visitors to fly their own kites or perhaps test one out.

The festival offers two new activities this year. One, sponsored by county arts organization ArtBeet Kewaunee, allows participants to create their own bandana with dyes made from beets grown in Algoma’s community garden. People can draw their own design on the fabric with wax and then dip it in the dye. All materials are provided while supplies last.

The other new event is a beach-inspired scavenger hunt for ages 6 to 14 sponsored by Friends of Crescent Beach, the community support organization established in 2015 to rehabilitate and maintain the beach and attract people to it. Participants can stop by the Friends tent to pick up their tasks for the hunt, which will include questions ranging from counting to drawing and finding unique beach features. Those who submit a completed form will win a small prize and a chance to win a kite.

Other activities for children include crafts, street games, twisting balloon creations, face painting and playing in the sand with toys. There will be easels available for aspiring outdoor artists who want to recreate the landscape before them.

Visitors can also design and create a kite suncatcher with CTI Hospitality, a national carpentry and woodworking company in Algoma, and try out a kayak with demonstrations by local outdoor recreation store Bay Shore Outfitters.

Concessions will be available including smoked pulled pork sandwiches with a choice of sauces, homemade mac and cheese and Oreo balls from Smokin’ Tom’s Team Barbeque in Sturgeon Bay. Additionally, Ernest Haucke American Legion Post 236 will serve hot dogs, chili dogs and fries; Algoma School District’s Destination Imagination team will have boiled sweet corn; and the Sweet Escapes Ice Cream Truck will be on hand for dessert or a sweet snack.

Sponsored by the Friends of Crescent Beach and the Algoma Region Chamber of Commerce, Soar on the Shore will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 20, on and along Crescent Beach in Algoma. Participation is free, but profits and donations are donated to Friends for their mission to protect and promote the beach. All activities, especially kite flying, are weather dependent; if the festival is postponed, the rainy date is August 21.

For more information, call the Algoma Chamber at 920-487-2041 or visit or the Friends of Crescent Beach in Algoma Facebook Page.

Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected]

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