The Third Annual LBI International KiteFest was Bigger and Better than the first two LBI KiteFests Combined. Robert Brasington, the top kite maker in the world from Tasmania, said the LBI International KiteFest on Saturday was "The Biggest Kite Festival He Has Seen In The United States in 25 years."
People after seeing Giant Kites 30 feet to 100 feet long were saying"This Is The Best Thing That's Ever Happened To Long Beach Island."
LBI International KiteFest 2017 Photo Courtesy of Charles Thompson
The Kites Are Huge When You Get Close To Them Some Of The Kites Are Bigger Than Buildings - Look At People Below Kite
LBI International KiteFest 2018 "Night Fly" At Barnegat Lighthouse
LBI International KiteFest 2018 "Night Fly" At Barnegat Lighthouse Courtesy Laura Berg
LBI International KiteFest 2017 "Night Fly" At Barnegat Lighthouse Photo Courtesy Ann Coen
Letter To The Editor Of The Sandpaper (October 9, 2017)
WOW - It Was Huge! It Was Exciting! It was a Spectacular Family Event!
The Third Annual LBI International KiteFest was Bigger and Better than the first two LBI KiteFests Combined. Robert Brasington, the top kite maker in the world from Tasmania, said the LBI International KiteFest on Saturday was "The Biggest Kite Festival He Has Seen In The United States in 25 years." Thank The Sandpaper for the Great Publicity and Thank God for the Great Weekend Weather!
A Giant Thank You goes out to Lisa Willoughby (Lives In Surf City) who tirelessly works to help her love of Long Beach Island see and experience the tremendous happineess and joy this KiteFest brought to Long Beach Island. In a world full of tragic hurricanes, earthquakes, wars, death, etc. the 3rd Annual LBI International KiteFest MADE EVERYONE SMILE AND BE HAPPY.
I also Thank the kiters for putting on the amazing "Night Fly" Sunday night at the Barnegat Lighthouse. You just have to see this Spectaclar "Night Fly" with All the kites individually lighted up in the sky flying around Barnegat Lighthouse.
A Special Thank You goes out to the Boro of Ship Bottom for the Digital Sign as you enter Long Beach Island announcing the KiteFest and Long Beach Township for the Digital Sign announcing KiteFest at Bay View Park.
A Grateful Thank You goes out to All the Phenominal Kiters, the LBI Chamber of Commerce, The Mayors & Towns, ALL the Sponsors, All the Volunteers, All the Restaurants & Stores, All the Police & Public Works, BayView Park, and All the Buses from Long Beach Township and the Bus Drivers who just kept bringing the thousands and thousands of people all weekend. In addition, I want to Thank All the Hotels & Motels and private homeownwers who donated housing for the kiters who came from all around the world.
And a Extra Special Thanks to All the Kite Festival Volunteers who worked over and far beyond the call of duty, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! And if I forgot anyone, Thank You Too for a Great Job!
I want to Thank ALL Of Long Beach Island for showing All Of Our Love to the kiters who put on what many people said "This KiteFest Was The Best Thing To Ever Happen On Long Beach Island."
I look forward to the 2018 LBI International KiteFest.
Bill Hutson - Owner Lorry's Motel Happy KiteFest Volunteer
LBI International KiteFest (October 9 - 12, 2015)
The First Annual LBI International Kite Festival was held on Columbus Day Weekend Oct. 9 - 12, 2015. For the first year of the Kite Festival we didn't know exacly what to expect and The 4 Day Event Was Phenominal.The Kiters were far better than we thought they would be, and the crowd was far bigger than we thought with thousands of people attending (Please Read My Letter To The Editor Below).
Letter To The Editor Of The Sandpaper (October 12, 2015) Dear Sandpaper,
The Kite Festival was Spectacular, Phenomenal, Exciting, Fantastic, Out- standing, Unique, Incredible - mere words just can't possibly describe the 1st Annual LBI International Kite Festival and Thank God for the warm Beautiful Weather. People we coming off the beach saying "This Is The Best Thing That's Ever Happened To Long Beach Island."
I was very fortunate to be a volunteer at the 1st Annual LBI International Kite Festival sponsored by the LBI Chamber of Commerce. The planning for this event started last year and Thankfully The Kiters and The Entire Kite Festival FAR EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS.
Thanks goes out to Lisa Willoughby (A Surf City Resident) who had the vision and expertise for the Kite Festival, plus Thanks to Mary Ann Gutchigian for her tireless work to make the Kite Festival Happen, and her husband Tom who was right there with her. The 3 Mayors involved, Mayor Mancini, Mayor Huelsenbeck, Mayor Larson and their Council Members helped in any way possible, Thanks. Also, the many Kite Festival Volunteers who are too numerous to mention, worked over and far beyond the call of duty, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Thank You LBI Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee consisting of Kevin Bergin, Steve Havelko, Dan Malay, and Bill Hutson, who worked and worked on the Kite Festival to make it a successful event, and Thanks to Joni Bakkum who was all over the place for the Kite Festival.
It couldn't have happened without our 45 Generous Sponsors and Thanks to The New Acme, The Sandpaper, Drifting Sands Motel, Engleside Inn, Coral Seas Motel, Lorry's Island End Motel, PruZack Realty, Surf City Hotel, Kubel's Too, Bowker's South Beach Grill, Little Jersey Divas, NJ Fraternal Order of Police LBI, How You Brewin, Living LBI, Tula's Boutique, T.J. Nix Blues, Steel Margarita, J.F. Sobecki & Friends, Beach House Realty, Lighthouse International Film Festival, Ocean Medical, Viking Outfitters, Sea Spray Motel, GNC, Tuckerton Lumber, LBI Rotary, Country Kettle Fudge, Stutz Candy, Dunkin Donuts, Little Bite Of Italy, Tom Gutchigian, Ryan Zimmermann, Christine & Kevin Rooney, Fisheads, Pinky's Shrimp & Seafood, Surf City 5 & 10, WooHoo, Greenhouse Cafe, Gerald Traynor Law, Calabria Restaurant, Chick's LBI Shop, Coconuts, Elite Fitness, Michael Pagnotta Architecture & Construction.
Attention To All Of Long Beach Island, The Kiters have already asked us to invite them back next year as THEY LOVE LONG BEACH ISLAND because LBI rolled out the Red Carpet for The Kiters. So GET READY Long Beach Island as we will be looking to make the 2nd Annual LBI Internarional Kite Festival Bigger and Better since we now know what we're doing.
And if I forgot anyone, Thank You Too for a Great Job!
Bill Hutson - Owner Lorry's Island End Motel
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