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Asian cultural activities and racing await at Toledo's Dragon Boat Festival

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If you are looking for a weekend jaunt that involves a little something different and unique, consider taking the one hour, 50 minute drive to Toledo, Ohio to attend the 13th annual Partners in Education Dragon Boar Festival with its dragon boat racing and it many cultural activities and demonstrations on Saturday, July 19.

Dragon Boat Festival Taking place at International Park in downtown Toledo, this family-friendly and educational event will feature over 40 Dragon Boat teams competing in 3 races down the Maumee River. Dragon boats are colorful, elaborately decorated, carved and painted vessels with dragon figureheads and each Dragon Boat is comprised of a 20 member crew, a steersman and a drummer. The boats race down the river with the rowing in-synch to the drum beat.

The first two races will determine who the participants are in the final championship race. Awards will be given in a variety of categories at 4:30 p.m. in the gazebo in the Park.

In addition to the Dragon Boat races, the Festival will feature many Asian cultural activities and demonstrations presented by the Chinese Association of Greater Toledo that will appeal to the whole family. Among some of the activities will be Chinese crafts, origami, Chinese kite making and flying, calligraphy and Chinese yo-yo demonstrations.

There will also be live entertainment all day and a demonstration of ancient Chinese musical instruments.

Never fear, a large assortment of food will be available for purchase.

Hours for the Dragon Boat Festival are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 19. Admission is free.

For more information about the Dragon Boat Festival call 419-242-2122 or get online at www.partnerstoledo.org.

International Park is located at 26 Main St. in Toledo, Ohio. Toledo is approximately a one hour, 50 minute drive from Cleveland.

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