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Dragon Boat's Canadian Connection

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With less than a week left until the dragon boats begin racing across Flathead Lake, it is safe to say the Canadians are coming.

This weekend's Dragon Boat Festival will include twenty-one teams coming from north of the 49th Parallel.

An economist from the University of Lethbridge, Donna Townley, estimates this year's visit from our northern neighbors will translate into much more than the million dollars they added to the local economy last year.

Many Canadians already have a flare for the festival, since Lethbridge has had its own dragon boat competition for several years.

"It's not a one-time weekend," explained Townley, "It is something that will build a relationship between the Canadian teams and the Flathead Valley."

This year the event lasts two days.

The festivities begin this Saturday at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork.

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