Annual Soaring Kites & Music Festival returns to Squaw Valley USA | SierraSun.com

Annual Soaring Kites & Music Festival returns to Squaw Valley USA

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SQUAW VALLEY USA, Calif. – Every July, Squaw Valley USA celebrates the art and sport of kite flying as host to the nation’s highest altitude organized kiting festival at High Camp, el. 8200′. Gigantic flying creatures, professional kite flyers, kite-making and face painting for the children, and the live music are all part of the high-flying enjoyment of the 10th Annual Soaring Kites & Music Festival on Saturday, July 9, 2011.The festival brings members of regional and national kite organizations to Squaw Valley’s mountaintop to launch dozens of elaborate and colorful kites. The Soaring Kites & Music Festival also includes live music, kite-making workshop for kids and professional kite flying demonstrations. Kite flying, which originated in 5th Century BC China, is now both a popular pastime and a competitive sport. The annual Soaring Kites & Music Festival is a celebration of the pleasure and fellowship that kite flying continues to conjure today. The Soaring Kites & Music Festival runs noon-5 p.m. and the kite-making workshop 1-3 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their own kites or they can purchase kites at the festival. Kids of all ages can get their faces painted with whimsical designs noon-4 p.m.High Camp’s Swimming Pool & Hot Tub, Poolside Caf, roller skating, hiking, paintball, disc golf and the lively Umbrella Bar provide endless fun throughout the festival. The Cable Car runs every 20 minutes 10:40 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and the High Camp Swimming Pool & Hot Tub will be open 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.For more information about the Soaring Kites & Music Festival or summer operations at Squaw Valley USA, visit http://www.squaw.com or call 530-452-4000.For great lodging packages, call 1-866-366-7261 or visit http://www.squaw.com.

Squaw Valley USA was founded in 1949 and hosted the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, the first televised Olympics. Squaw Valley is one of the largest and most diverse mountain resorts in North America, with incomparable outdoor recreational amenities that attract both local residents and visitors from around the globe. For more information, please visit http://www.squaw.com.