Kites fly at the 2016 Nelson Summer Kite Festival: Photo: Supplied.

Kite festival seeks sunny skies

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Organisers of Nelson’s iconic summer kite festival have their fingers crossed for fine weather this Sunday.

Neale Park will be filled with kites of all shapes and sizes for the 27th annual festival – including a giant octopus that is as old as the event itself.

Event coordinator, Ted Howard from the Nelson Kite Club, says after the event was rained out last year with the storm that battered the region, he is hoping the weather will be kinder to them this time around.

“Neale Park is the perfect place for kites – you get that beautiful afternoon sea breeze down there, so we’re really hoping for a sunny day,” he says.

“And, by golly, when you get good weather down there, it’s a fantastic place to be to watch the kites.”

The festival attracts all sorts of kite fanatics from around the country, and the globe, who arrive two days prior for a warm-up on the Saturday. Plenty of food trucks as well as kite stalls will also be on offer, and locals are also welcome to join in the action and bring their own kites to fly.

The 27th annual Nelson Summer Kite Festival is on this Sunday 21st January, from 12-5pm at Neale Park, North Rd. Gold coin donation.