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Arlington Heights, IL, July 21, 2015 – The Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo returns to Arlington Heights for its fourth time this weekend. This year spectators can look forward to two days of excitement on Lake Arlington with a full day of fun and community races on July 25th and high-stakes races for top-US dragon Boat teams taking part in the United States Dragon Boat Federation (USBDF) Club Crew National Championships presented by PepsiCo on July 25th and 26th. Winners from the National Championships will be selected to represent the United States at the 2016 World Club Crew Dragon Boat Championships in Adelaide, Australia.

The past three years this event has attracted families and spectators of all ages who come to experience the variety of activities, refreshments and entertainment found throughout the festival. The addition of the USBDF Club Crew National Cdragon-boat-2015hampionships presented by PepsiCo will impress sports fans with speedy races and tight finishes. The community is invited to come to cheer on the dragon boats and discover the magic of 22 hearts beating as one.

The festivities are an opportunity to immerse the community in the culture and spirit of dragon boat racing with over 60 dragon boat teams from across North America going head-to-head on Lake Arlington. The Walgreens Health and Wellness Village, a festival staple, features products and services encouraging festival goers to lead a healthy lifestyle. 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. Mobile food vendors will be on site to round off a day by the water with a tasty treat.

WHO: Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo and USBDF Club Crew National Championships presented by PepsiCo
WHAT: Dragon boat racing
WHEN: Saturday July 25 – Sunday July 26, 2015, 8:00AM to 4:00PM
WHERE: Flentie Park on Lake Arlington, 2201 N. Windsor Drive, Arlington Heights, IL

The Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo and USBDF Club Crew National Championships presented by PepsiCo is located on Lake Arlington with all the action taking place at Flentie Park, 8AM-4PMboth days. Festivities are free and open to the public. More information on the event can be found at For more information, call 1-855-496-2628.

GWN Dragon Boat ( 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, Walgreens 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.,

Media Contact:
Aaron Soroka
Chief Operating Officer
Great White North Communications Inc.

About Meet Chicago Northwest
Meet Chicago Northwest is the official destination marketing organization for the Chicago Northwest region. We proudly promote the communities of Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Itasca, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Schaumburg, Streamwood and Wood Dale to make a positive economic impact through tourism.

More information about Meet Chicago Northwest is available at or by calling 847-490-1010.

Media Contact:
Dave Parulo, President
Meet Chicago Northwest
1375 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 120
Schaumburg, IL 60173

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