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Bigfork Bound For Big Numbers This Weekend

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The second annual Dragon Boat Festival on Flathead Lake is going to be twice as long with at least double the amount of people, so Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork is tweaking its management plan.

The boats will be taking of from the docks at the lodge on Saturday, and then again for the finals on Sunday.

Doug Averill, the owner of Flathead Lake Lodge, expects to see about 10,000 people this weekend, including the 95 teams that signed up to compete.

While the event is free for onlookers, there is a ten dollar fee for the newly implemented shuttle system that will be leaving from the intersection of Highways 35 and 82.

Averill says the event brings people together, not just from across the Flathead, but from across the continent.

"Quite a few teams out of Calgary and Lethbridge--give the Canadians a chance to party and they'll be there. They have some good teams. It's a big sport in Lethbridge, and they're just happy to be in the Valley with the water and the mountains," said Averill.

Twenty-one of the ninety-five teams competing this year come from Alberta and British Columbia.

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