Locals Flock to Roosevelt Middle School for Kite Festival

May 20, 2012

By Nha Nguyen

EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of Eugene and Springfield locals headed over to Roosevelt Middle School this Sunday afternoon for some kite flying.

The Annual Asian Kite Festival is a longstanding tradition in the community. It’s the event’s 27th year.

Organizers said while the venue has changed here and there, their mission hasn’t.

The big event was a collaboration of several organizations, including the Eugene-Springfield Asian Council.

They said their mission is to bring greater understanding to Asian and Asian-American cultures and to do events that create opportunities for people to get to know each other and form lasting relationships.

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy gave opening remarks and applauded the event’s efforts.

Piercy said, “The more we understand each other, the more we appreciate each other.┬áThis is an exercise for us to understand what makes up our community and all the different parts of our community, but it’s also reminding us of friendships across the world too.”

People could participate in various activities, including, of course, kite making and flying.

Event organizers said they expected about 500 people to come out to the festival.

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