SOURCE: Family Day Kite Festival

September 18, 2006 09:00 ET

Family Day Kite Festival Will Fill San Francisco's Skies October 1

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 18, 2006 -- Ron Young, president of the Family Day Kite Festival, today announced that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has declared Sunday, October 1 "Family Day" in honor of a free kite-flying event for Bay Area families on the Marina Green that afternoon, noon to 5 p.m.

The event will feature:

  --  Kids and adults making and flying their own kites
  --  Contests judged by roving celebrities
  --  Professional flying of high-tech and exotic kites
  --  Special kid attractions including monster inflatable booths,
      funny rides and clowns
  --  Food and non-alcoholic beverage booths located throughout the
Kite contests will be held in eight categories, including biggest, smallest, funniest, longest tail, most beautiful, best ground display, most innovative/unique and best of show (spectators vote). The festival will host two exhibition areas and three contest areas on the Marina Green along San Francisco's picturesque northern shoreline.

Mayor Newsom's proclamation of Family Day harkens back to a similar proclamation of Family Day on October 1, 1978 by the late San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. That day marked the last of seven annual international kite festivals produced in San Francisco by Ron Young, then head of Solutions, a local advertising and marketing agency. The Family Day Kite Festival drew 35,000 people.

Young went on to a successful career in high technology, marketing new services for major regional telecommunications carriers, launching the first sale of DSL equipment in the United States, and founding two national data communications service providers based in San Francisco.

"After a long string of successful kite festivals, I took a couple of decades off to raise four children, found a few companies and spearhead a number of other community projects," Young said. "Now I'm ready to bring the kites back to San Francisco. The enthusiasm of our current mayor helped spark my renewed interest."

Young added, "We expect to see some really spectacular kites high above the Marina Green this year. Whether you are an amateur, professional or just a kid at heart, the new Family Day Kite Festival should be a thrilling spectacle and a skyload of fun."

For the site plan of the Family Day Kite Festival at the Marina Green or other information, see

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ron Young
    (415) 383-0500-Office
    (415) 381-9329-Fax