The Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce will again host its annual Mile High Kite Festival as part of the town's Labor Day Weekend festivities, September 5 and 6.

Because Beech Mountain is 5,506 feet above sea level, it is the highest incorporated town east of the Mississippi which makes it the perfect place to fly a kite.

The elevation almost guarantees great breezes for kite flying.

Two recognized kite clubs, one from Charlotte, N.C. and one from Richmond, Va., will be on hand to demonstrate flying techniques and run kid-friendly contests.

Free kites will be given to the first 100 children under the age of 13 each day.

You can learn more at (800) 468-5506 or