Its time to fly again, as the Livingston Kite Festival comes to Livingston Middle School, 101 F St., on Sunday.
The third annual event is known to attract 4,000 people, who come carrying brightly colored kites of all sizes. This years spectacle is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Livingston.
The festival, called Time to Fly, is free. The first 500 children get a free kite from the Knights of Columbus, who organized the event.
The day will offer giant kite-flying demonstrations, according to a news release. Kite-making workshops, pie-eating contests, face-painting and other activities are planned.
The timing of the festival could be right for spending a day outside, as the National Weather Service is predicting a sunny day Sunday with a high in the upper 70s.
The event also typically includes cultural dance from area groups and clubs.
Past events have drawn people from the Bay Area, Fresno, Visalia, Madera and Modesto, among other cities.
The Merced County Sheriffs Department will also be at the event, where deputies will show off a Vietnam War-era helicopter; Special Weapons and Tactics armored vehicle; and water rescue boat.
This years event coincides with the Week of the Young Child, which is meant to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families. The event is also sponsored by KABX (97.5 FM) in Merced.
Information, pictures of last years event and vendor applications are available at www.livingstonkitefestival.com. For more information, call Julio Valadez at (209) 277-1402.