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Dragon Boat Races Increase in Popularity at Kipona

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 General News J E 4
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HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 27 As the televised summer Olympicsfrom Beijing, China have ended, midstaters have a great opportunity to enjoymore Chinese culture and competition locally during this weekend's KiponaFestival. For the second year, presenting sponsor Capital BlueCross and theChinese Cultural & Arts Institute (CCAI) are bringing Dragon Boat races toRiver Front Park in Harrisburg on Saturday, Aug. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dragon Boats, typically decorated like their namesake, are navigated by acrew of 20 paddlers, one drummer and one steersman. Dragon Boat racing has a2,000-year history as part of Chinese folk ritual and emerged as aninternational sport starting in Hong Kong in 1976. The competition has grownin popularity locally, too, and this year's races have drawn more than fourtimes the number of teams who participated in last year's inauguralcompetition.

The race at Kipona will provide some stiff competition among the 18entrants, including the U.S. national champion Philadelphia Dragon BoatAssociation (PDBA). The PDBA will represent the United States in the worldchampionships in Prague next year. The Kipona race will also feature teamsfrom Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

The City of Harrisburg, Jumbo Buffet and Ducky's Boats are also sponsoringthe event.

Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute is a non-profit organization with amission of introducing Chinese culture, arts and heritage to United Statescommunities. It also helps facilitate and nurture an understanding between theEast and West culture.

Capital BlueCross is the leading health insurer in its market, providinghealth insurance coverage to nearly one million people in central Pennsylvaniaand the Lehigh Valley. Capital BlueCross is committed to making healthinsurance simple, offering easy to use health care and personal service atcompetitive prices. The company has been serving its customers through all thestages of their life for more than 70 years and employs more than 2,300people.

Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and BlueShield Association.

For more information, visit http://www.capbluecross.com.

SOURCE Capital BlueCross
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