Dragon Boat Race Festival comes to Eau Claire this summer

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Eau Claire, Wi. (WEAU)-- A new species will be invading the waters of Half Moon Lake come August. Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire is sponsoring the inaugural Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival.

“We wanted to do a really fun, brand new event to the Chippewa Valley area and invite people to come and have a day of community health, wellness, fun activities, we will have kids programming going on,” says Anne Sizer, Community Development Director for Mayo Clinic Health System.

Mayo Clinic Health System is sponsoring the event to support its hospice care program.

“We do currently offer some bereavement services, but the demand of hospice care and for bereavement care programming is increasing significantly and we want to make sure that anybody who needs bereavement services can come visit us, utilize the program, and utilize the services, because it's very difficult when you lose a loved one,” says Sizer.

But you won't have to wait until August to see what the festival will be like. The dragon will be making an appearance at the Clearwater parade on Saturday evening.

“You will see the dragon going up and down the street and greeting people with lots of fun movement and fun light, lots of activity, fortune cookies and what it signals. It's going to be an awesome event,” says Sizer.

Team registration opens on March 1st.

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