Annual Kite Day event planned

By Thaddeus Miller / tmiller@losbanosenterprise.comMay 30, 2013 

Kites, kites and more than kites are expected to draw dozens of revelers to Pacheco State Park in a couple of weeks.

The 12th annual Family Kite Day is planned June 15 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Many families bring kites of varying color and size to the park, which is known for its wind.

Those who come empty-handed, can make a kite with materials provided by park staff. Kites, however, are not the only attraction. Planned are arts and crafts, a pie-eating contest, a bubble-gum-blowing contest and face painting.

Typically, park staff use tables displaying animal pelts, wind-speed devices and materials on water preservation and safety to educate park-goers.

Staff recommends visitors bring kites, sunscreen, layered clothing, water, chairs and a lunch. Drinking water is not available at the park, according to a press release.

The park is located 22 miles west of Los Banos at the top of Pacheco Pass. Turn south off of Highway 152 at the Dinosaur Point exit. Pacheco State Park is on the right, through the blue gate and down a gravel road.

To request a sign language interpreter or other accessibility aid or service, contact Ranger Betty Wong at (209) 826-6283 at least one week in advance.

All of the activities are free, but the park charges a $5 fee per car.

For more information, go to and click the Pacheco State Park link.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at


WHAT: Family Kite Day

WHEN: June 15 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pacheco State Park

COST: Activities are free, $5 to park

INFORMATION: and click the Pacheco State Park link

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos

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