Kite Day flies into Livingston this weekend

It’s time to fly again, as the Livingston Kite Festival comes to Livingston Middle School, 101 F St., on Sunday.

The third annual event is known to attract 4,000 people, who come carrying brightly colored kites of all sizes. This year’s spectacle is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Livingston.

The festival, called “Time to Fly,” is free. The first 500 children get a free kite from the Knights of Columbus, who organized the event.

The day will offer “giant” kite-flying demonstrations, according to a news release. Kite-making workshops, pie-eating contests, face-painting and other activities are planned.

The timing of the festival could be right for spending a day outside, as the National Weather Service is predicting a sunny day Sunday with a high in the upper 70s.

The event also typically includes cultural dance from area groups and clubs.

Past events have drawn people from the Bay Area, Fresno, Visalia, Madera and Modesto, among other cities.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Department will also be at the event, where deputies will show off a Vietnam War-era helicopter; Special Weapons and Tactics armored vehicle; and water rescue boat.

This year’s event coincides with the Week of the Young Child, which is meant to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families. The event is also sponsored by KABX (97.5 FM) in Merced.

Information, pictures of last year’s event and vendor applications are available at For more information, call Julio Valadez at (209) 277-1402.