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River Fest in Connecticut

Posted by Kimberly Sherman  June 4, 2009 11:37 AM

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Norwich, Conn., is very busy celebrating 350 years of history. This birthday has brought many events to their calendar and this Saturday, June 6, is the 3rd Annual River Fest. Bring the whole family and enjoy children's games and activities, live music and entertainment, food vendors. One of the highlights will be dragon boat racing. Here's a little history from the event website:

Dragon boating is an ancient sport, rich in culture and tradition; it originated in China over 2000 years ago. It began when the famous and much loved Chinese poet, Chu Yuan, threw himself into the Miluo River to protest against government corruption. When the people of his village saw this, they jumped into their boats and paddled furiously to try and rescue him, while beating drums to fend off evil spirits. Unfortunately they could not save him, but every year thereafter the people would commemorate this day by gathering in their boats and racing in his memory."

The fest is free and runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 1-860-887-1647 or visit online for details.

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