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MEET CHICAGO NORTHWEST ANNOUNCES DRAGON BOAT RACES BRING COMMUNITY TO ARLINGTON HEIGHTS

Event benefits local charity Adaptive Adventures
The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival returns to Arlington Heights for its fifth year.

Arlington Heights, IL (July 30th, 2016) – For four years, families and spectators of all ages, have come to Lake Arlington to experience the variety of activities, refreshments and entertainment acts found throughout the festival grounds and this year will be no different. Recognized as the Best Single-Sport Event by the SportsTravel Awards, the festival will host forty dragon boat teams from the Midwest region. Everyone in the community is welcome to come down to cheer on the dragon boats and discover the magic of 22 hearts beating as one.

The weekend’s festivities are an opportunity to immerse the community in the culture and spirit of dragon boat racing, which dates back 2,500 years to ancient China. Beyond the water competition, Ascene Chicago is presenting the Asian Cultural Village with multicultural performances, musical acts, workshops and demonstrations throughout the day. The Kids Zone offers active outdoor fun, games and activities for children. Festival goers will also be able to wander through the Expo Village complete with mobile food vendors on-site to round off a day by the water with a tasty treat.

The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival benefits a local charity, Adaptive Adventures. Funds raised through the event will help to provide progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and wounded veterans with physical disabilities. To make a donation, please visit https://adaptiveadventures.org/donate.

WHAT: Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival
WHO: Competitive and community dragon boat teams
WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 2016, 8AM to 4PM
WHERE: Flentie Park on Lake Arlington, 2201 N. Windsor Drive, Arlington Heights, IL

The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival is located on Lake Arlington. All action takes place at Flentie Park, from 8AM-4PM. Festivities are free and open to the public. More information on the event can be found at www.gwndragonboat.com/chicago. For more information, call 1-855-496-2628.

ABOUT GWN DRAGON BOAT
GWN Dragon Boat (www.gwndragonboat.com) is North America’s largest full-service dragon boat event production company. GWN is contracted to provide varying levels of service to over 30 annual festivals in Canada and the United States. GWN is the creator and owner of the only dragon boat event series in North America, Major League Dragon Boat, producing nine festival properties throughout the year. Since its inception in 1993, GWN has been involved in the production of both National and International level competitions, the execution of over 450 festivals, and has been the leader in developing the sport in local communities across North America. www.gwndragonboat.com, www.facebook.com/GWNDragonBoat

ABOUT ADAPTIVE ADVENTURES
Since 1999, Adaptive Adventures has helped individuals with physical disabilities find their freedom through outdoor adventure sports. In 2014, Adaptive Adventures served over 700 wounded and injured veterans by providing progressive outdoor sports opportunities to empower them to achieve improved physical, emotional and social well-being. Opportunities include Dragon Boat racing, which allows injured veterans to remain active, competitive, and supported in a strong community.

ABOUT MEET CHICAGO NORTHWEST
Meet Chicago Northwest is the official destination marketing organization for eight vibrant and sophisticated communities conveniently located on the northwest edge of Chicago, and offering destination amenities including 62+ hotels with over 9,600 guest rooms, over 25 major attractions and more than 400 restaurants. The organization’s mission is to make a positive economic impact by marketing and selling the region to groups and individual travelers. Information about Meet Chicago Northwest is available at www.ChicagoNorthwest.com.

GWN Media Contact:
Aaron Soroka -Chief Operating Officer
Great White North Communications
416-962-8899
aaron@gwndragonboat.com

MEET CHICAGO NORTHWEST Media Contact:
Dave Parulo – President
Meet Chicago Northwest
847-490-1010
dparulo@chicagonorthwest.com

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