Every Labor Day Weekend, the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce hosts the Mile High Kite Festival. Held in a large open field, known as the Town Kite Field, the two day festival allows kids of all ages to go and fly a kite.
At over 5,500 feet, Beech Mountain is the highest elevated incorporated town East of the Mississippi River. Incorporated in 1981, the Watauga County community's population can fluctuate greatly depending on the time of year.
During the two day festival, there is food, music, games and of course kite flying. Vendors are set up to sell kites - or you can bring your own. There are even homemade kite design and flying contests along with kite flying demonstrations and competitions. On the Saturday night of the festival, there is a street dance party in front of the town hall.
The kite flying festival is fun way to escape the heat and humidity of the summer. The cooler mountain air makes it a great way to transition from the end of summer to the start of fall.
All photos taken by post author - August 31, 2019.
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