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When: Sun., Aug. 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 2014
Phone: 802-999-5478
Price: Free for spectators.
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In China, dragons are regarded as rulers of the water. For more than 2,000 years, people there have built long, narrow canoes, or dragon boats, to honor the mythical monsters with races aimed at achieving good fortune. The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival puts a local spin on this centuries-old tradition. Teams of paddlers go head-to-head in 200-meter races every four minutes to raise awareness about programs for cancer survivors and to benefit Survivorship NOW. Now in its 12th year, this wet-and-wild event attracts crowds by the thousands. Live music, dancing and a flower ceremony complete the festivities.

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