FLYING HIGH: The annual Kites and Bikes Festival is back to thrill the crowds on Sunday.
FLYING HIGH: The annual Kites and Bikes Festival is back to thrill the crowds on Sunday. Cathy Adams

Kite-flyers a cut above

REIGNING kite-fighting champions Lilli Pilli Preschool will defend their hard-earned title again on Sunday at this year's Kites and Bikes Festival at Brunswick Heads.

The preschool has fielded winning teams in the Rokkaku challenge at the last two festivals and is determined to take out the title for a third time.

"We have a strong team with lots of muscle ready to go and bring home another giant Rokkaku kite for Lilli Pilli. The kids think they are just magic," preschool director Fran Dyett said.

"It's our way of connecting with the community. It's family-friendly and we're really enthusiastic."

The Rokkaku is a traditional fighting kite from India. In the Rokkaku Challenge, teams do battle in the sky using their flying line to cut the opposing team's kite lines.

There are 10 competitors in the Business Challenge and 10 in the Community Challenge.

The winner is the last kite remaining in the sky.

"This event has grown in popularity over the years and become a really fun battleground," organiser Lanie Loughlin said. "The crowds just love it."

The Kites and Bikes Festival kicks off at 9am with a kite-making and decorating workshop and a marine-themed bike-decorating workshop.

The opening ceremony starts 10am at the Soundshell in Terrace Park, with the popular decorated-bike parade following at 11am.

The Rokkaku Challenge begins at 12.30pm on the beach, after first marshalling on the surf club lawn.



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