BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Business Partnership President Sal Marchese was all smiles while walking across the Third Avenue beach on Sunday. .

And a look up at the sky undoubtedly told you why — bouncing in the soft breeze were dozens upon dozens of kites in all shapes, sizes and colors. After unfavorable weather conditions grounded the Belmar Kite Festival twice in the past year, the high-flying spectacle lived up to that name on the third go-round on September 29.

“We finally have enough wind to get all the kites up in the air,” said Marchese, who hosted the BBP-sponsored event, which is presented annually by the South Jersey Kite Flyers and the Passing Wind Kite Club, whose members showcase their kite-flying skills.

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Mike Dallmer of the South Jersey Kite Fliers called the Belmar beach fantastic for kite-flying, particularly on days when Mother Nature cooperates. “You can’t ask for anything better,” he said.

Winds throughout the day at about 15 mph were “perfect” for kite-flying, keeping the skyline full of billowing sea creatures, dragons, cartoon characters and so much more throughout the day.

The action in the air also attracted thousands to the Belmar beachfront, including amateurs who tried out their kite-flying skills and spectators who just wanted to watch.

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