The fifth annual Soar on the Shore Kite and Beach Festival has been scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 17) at Crescent Beach in Algoma.

This free family event is presented by Friends of Crescent Beach and the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Wisconsin Kiter’s Club will provide stunt kites, giant display kites and a kite candy drop/candy blasting for kids. With favorable winds, this club can “paint the sky” with color and movement. They will also be on hand to answer questions about kiting and give newcomers some valuable tips.

There will be a public fly area for people to fly their own kites. The Water’s Edge Artists, plein air painters will be posted through the festival grounds. This group of artists are dedicated to advocating preservation of natural spaces through their art.

Children are invited to participate in kite making, rock painting, windsock making, beach mosaics, street games, and playing in the sand with toys provided by Friends of Crescent Beach. There will be easels available for aspiring plein air artists. Mischief & Magic, sponsored by Fox Communities Credit Union, will provide decorative face painting and twisted balloon creations.

Food items include classic fare such as ice cream, root beer floats, sweet corn, popcorn and foot-long hot dogs. Still hungry? The grounds are surrounded by restaurants and other establishments selling food within easy walking distance of the event.

For the first time, Crescent Beach T-shirts will be for sale. This is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Wigglebottoms Print Factory and their “Just beCAUSE” shirts for a “CAUSE” program. Profits from the sale benefit Friends if Crescent Beach. Mrs. Wigglebottoms Print Factory is a small, home-based, screen printed apparel business located in Casco and run by the Ryan, Amy and Sky Schoenberger family.

Soar on the Shore is sponsored by NextEra Energy, Jason and Nichole Schneeberger, CTI Hospitality, Yardstick Bookshop and Gallery, Fox Communities Credit Union, Anderegg Painting, Dentistry by Design, Nicolet Bank, One Health WI, and The Haven, with special thanks to Unique Flying Objects in Two Rivers.

All activities, especially the ability to fly kites, are weather dependent. Rain date is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

(Photo ©2017 Josh Kohanek, courtesy Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)