The annual Kites and Bikes Festival was a resounding success at Brunswick Heads, attracting up to 7000 visitors on Sunday and setting a NSW kite flying record.
“We had about 1200 kites registered for the record attempt; we managed to get only 811 flying at the same time for the official record books. We had too much of a good thing – wind!” said Promotions Co-ordinator, Ms Kim Rosen.
The official figure more than doubled the previous NSW record of 368.
“People on the beach estimated that over 1300 kites were flying throughout the afternoon, which is more than the Australian record but the big problem was co-ordinating everyone on a very windy afternoon.
“Next year we are confident we can break the Australian record and aim for the world record.”
Kite expert from Sydney, Michael Richards, said it was one of the most incredible kite experiences he had witnessed.
“Seeing all the kites flying at the same time on the Brunswick Heads beach was fantastic, along with all mums, dads and kids enjoying every moment of it,” he said.
Ms Rosen said it was hard to measure the total crowds in Brunswick Heads for the day, but it was agreed that it was the best attended Festival ever, with up to 7000 people joining in or watching the activities from decorated bikes rides to kite fighting demonstrations.
Registrations for the kite flying record attempts were happening right up to the last minute and had Kite Record Attempt Co-ordinator, Lisa Parkes, and her team busy right through the day.
“A big thank you to all our sponsors and the hundreds of volunteers who helped with every aspect of the Festival. We all agreed at the end that our aims were met – a fantastic family fun weekend was had by all,” said Joanne McMurtry, this year’s Kits and Bike Event co-ordinator.
The Festival was organised by Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce and made possible by principal sponsors Tourism NSW, Country Energy, Hotel Brunswick and the Byron Shire Echo newspaper, and over 100 local and regional businesses.
For further information about the Kites and Bikes Festival visit www.kitesandbikes.com.au or call (02) 6685 1003.