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Dragon Boat Festival benefits Partners In Education


July 25, 2009: Dragon boats came to Toledo, Ohio at the 8th Annual Partners In Education Dragon Boat Festival, at International Park in Downtown Toledo, Ohio. Over 40 teams participated.


The 40-foot-long Hong Kong style Dragon Boats – complete with dragonhead and tail – were seen cruising up and down the Maumee River from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. A team was comprised of twenty crewmembers, with a steersman and a drummer.


Each team paddled a 500-meter course races in four boat heats and participated in three races during the day, with first round times determining the second and championship round placement in races. Trophies were awarded in various industries, ranging from media to finance, based on the first race results.


“The dedication and commitment to be a part of this year’s race has not faltered even the slightest!” said, Kelly O’Loughlin, Program Coordinator for Partners In Education.  “These teams total close to 1,000 people and make it part of their summer schedules.”


To add to the racing excitement, foods including fresh fruit smoothies and lemonade, BBQ, Italian sausage, and pizza were consumed. The festival included a children’s activities area with crafts focusing on dragons and the Chinese culture and inflatables. Various cultural activities and demonstrations were presented by the Chinese Association of Greater Toledo.


The popular event was presented by BP –Husky Refining.






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