Article Published: Aug. 22, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 2, 2012
Children of all ages are invited to Beech Mountain this
Labor Day weekend for two fun events: the Mile High Kite Festival and BJ’s Dog
The 10th annual kite fest is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2, while the
town’s sixth annual dog show has moved to Labor Day weekend and will take place Saturday, Sept.
Beech Mountain has adjacent venues for the events. An open meadow in the heart
of town is ideal for kite activities, while the new Beech Bark Park provides two play areas (one for
small dogs and one for large dogs) in a fenced, one-acre park.
The Mile High Kite Festival – free both days – takes place Saturday,
Sept. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m., with demonstrations by kite clubs and open
Sunday is the festival’s main day, with hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The
first 300 children 12 and younger receive free kites, and vendors will be on hand selling kites.
Folks are also welcome to bring their kites and fly them at an altitude of one mile above sea
Contests will honor the biggest, smallest and best-decorated kites. Other
activities include races with kids pulling parachute kites, face painting, kite-flying music and
All participants receive official certificates from Beech Mountain
mayor Rick Owen, proclaiming: “I flew a kite a mile high on Beech Mountain.”
kite festival is sponsored by the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the
Richmond Air Force Kite Club from Richmond, Va., and the Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra
Society (WACKOS) from Charlotte.
Dog lovers should
make plans to attend BJ’s Dog Show, named for long-time town employee B.J. Hughes. The show runs
from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Bark Park.
Entry fee is $20 for
one dog and $30 for two dogs, with spectators admitted free.
There will be
certificates and prizes for winning dogs, while all furry friends receive a ribbon of
For information, call the Beech Mountain Visitors Center at (800)