Water­fest Fes­ti­val sched­uled for Au­gust 15

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A high­light of the Water­fest’s ac­tiv­i­ties will be the dragon boat races. Staged in the old Corn­wall canal, twenty pad­dlers, along with a cer­e­mo­nial drum­mer, move in … pg. 11

The world's fastest grow­ing wa­ter sport is also the most ex­cit­ing and will be com­ing to Corn­wall this sum­mer. A group of lo­cal vol­un­teers have put to­gether what prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing week­end called Water­fest, run­ning Au­gust 13-15! A high­light of the Water­fest’s ac­tiv­i­ties will be the dragon boat races. Staged in the old Corn­wall canal, twenty pad­dlers, along with a cer­e­mo­nial drum­mer, move in uni­son in a boat whose elab­o­rate de­sign orig­i­nates in an­cient China. Dragon boat rac­ing is a great team sport for men and women of all ages and abil­i­ties. Each team gets one prac­tice run and 3 races on a 250 to 400 me­tre course. Fastest times will com­pete in fi­nals.

Any­one can do it and have fun! It’s a fun and ex­cit­ing event, per­fect for team build­ing or fam­ily and friends states Pa­trick Clarke, chair of Water­fest. The com­mit­tee also has other ex­cit­ing things hap­pen­ing over the 3-day week­end, in­clud­ing a pa­rade of boats Satur­day evening. Dec­o­rated boats will be leav­ing Grey’s Creek and will travel west to the RCAF wing. On Sun­day there will be a wa­ter run, which is a 5k run around Lamoureux park. There are sev­eral lo­ca­tions where you have to cross wa­ter or you would have to go around adding an ex­tra 1.5k run to your to­tal. For those who pre­fer a less stren­u­ous ac­tiv­ity there will be a fun Tubie Race in the canal where par­tic­i­pants will go round mark­ers sev­eral times pad­dling back­wards with their hands and feet. Plans are also un­der­way for a Bath Tub Derby race in the canal on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

One of the high­lights of the fes­ti­val is sure to be the dragon egg drop hap­pen­ing on Sun­day, Au­gust 15 at 1: 00 pm. The plan is to drop 1,000 dragon eggs ( float­ing golf balls) from the Se­away In­ter­na­tional Bridge into the canal. Tick­ets for the dragon eggs will be avail­able by June 25 at Sco­tia­bank on Brook­dale Av­enue. Dragon eggs are $ 10 each with a to­tal of only 1,000 eggs to be sold. The 1st prize is $ 1,000, 2nd prize $ 500 and the 3rd prize is $ 250. The com­mit­tee was very happy to have Rick Saaltink from the Se­away In­ter­na­tional Bridge Author­ity as­sist­ing with the ball drop.

The Water­fest com­mit­tee has cho­sen the lo­cal chap­ter of the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion as its bene­fac­tor for their event. “ We’re grate­ful to be se­lected as the char­ity of choice, the na­ture of Water­fest blends won­der­fully into what the Foun­da­tion is all about,” de­clares area man­ager, Cindy Rowe. “ Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity can be a life­saver - lit­er­ally. When you're phys­i­cally ac­tive, you can dra­mat­i­cally lower your risk of heart dis­ease and stroke. Not only that, more ac­tiv­ity can re­duce stress lev­els, in­crease en­ergy and im­prove your over­all health”.

Reg­is­tra­tion is now open for the dragon boat race and space is limited to 32 teams. So if you want to join the fun, reg­is­ter now and don’t miss the boat! There is an early reg­is­tra­tion dead­line in which par­tic­i­pants re­ceive a dis­count. “ We are hop­ing the com­mu­nity comes out and sup­ports this new ex­cit­ing event,” says Clarke. Reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able at Se­away Val­ley Tourism, lo­cal gyms or on the web­site at www. corn­wall­wa­ter­fest. com. The com­mit­tee is also look­ing for vol­un­teers who would be in­ter­ested in help­ing out with the event. If you are in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing please con­tact the Heart & Stroke Foun­da­tion at 613-933-8933 or email in­fo­corn­wall­wa­ter­fest@gmail.com.

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