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KITE FESTIVAL TAKES YOU UP, UP AND AWAY.

Byline: Sylvia Masuda

Staff Writer

Keep your eyes on the skies.

On Sunday, the wild blue yonder will be a backdrop to a whole flock of kites in just about every shape and color imaginable.

For the 34th year, the Redondo Beach pier hosts the Festival of the Kite.

Kite aces will perform stunts and routines set to music, and enthusiasts can compete in a contest with awards for categories such as highest kite, best handmade kite and youngest kite flier, says Tom Fine, festival coordinator and owner of the Sunshine Kite Co. in Redondo Beach.

There also will be a yo-yo contest, for which virtuosos come all the way from Arizona and San Francisco to battle it out against the best local talent. Competition is stiff, but novices are free to enter the contests.

If you're inspired to try it yourself, yo-yos and kites of all kinds -- from classic models to wind socks and giant Chinese yo-yos called Diablos -- are available for sale.

For a competition that doesn't require much training, get ready to cram your mouth for the hot dog on a stick eating contest.

"Everybody says, 'We're going to eat 10, we're going to eat 12,' " Fine says.

Last year's winner, though, gulped down a surprising number of wieners -- just five.

Seven people will be picked from a hat of entrees; eat the most hot dogs in seven minutes and you get $200 and bragging rights.

It's not a festival without music. This year's performers are an indie rock band from Torrance's Bishop Montgomery High School, a taiko drumming group from the Gardena Buddhist Temple and the percussion ensemble Free to Be Me.

Parking near the pier is limited, but metered parking is up for grabs close to the beach. Spots also may be available on Catalina Avenue between Beryl Street and Torrance Boulevard.

Sylvia Masuda (310) 540-5511, sylvia.masuda(at)dailybreeze.com

34TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE KITE

>When: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

>Where: Redondo Beach pier.

>Admission: Free.

>Information: (310) 372-0308, www.pierkites.com.

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