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Dragon Boat Festival set for September, registration now open

Registration is on for the seventh year of the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City.
The festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, and includes the Dragon Boat Race, multiple vendors and a full day of family-friendly activities, including Art in the Park.
The Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival will host up to 50 teams, and for each participant to receive a 2012 T-shirt, he or she must raise a minimum of $100.
This year’s festival benefits Mountain States Health Alliance Oncology Services.
Directed and coached by a steersman standing in the rear of the boat, each team races a distance of 200 meters in an attempt to earn the fastest time.
Every team will compete in two heats, with the fastest teams competing a third time in the championship round.
“The Dragon Boat Festival is such a great opportunity to reach out and make a difference for someone who finds themselves battling cancer,” said Patty Bolton, corporate director of Events and Annual Giving for MSHA.
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