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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - It's that time of year again to raise your paddle and prepare to set out on the water for Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival.

Funds raised for the event will go towards the Center for Breast Care at Mayo Clinic Health System and The Greater La Crosse Boys and Girls Club's Healthy Lifestyle program for young people in the community.

Heidi Odegaard, the Community Engagement Specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System, said every year, the event gets better and grows.

"The breast cancer survivor portion of the event is very touching, and it is important for survivors and the people who have a survivor in their life," Odegaard said. "It amazing to see all of the groups support each other, they work together as a team, and they find strength as a group."

There will be a wide variety of participation levels, a youth division, adult teams, and teams that race around the region and internationally.

Carolyn Flock, a longtime participant in Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival, said she got involved in the event when one of her friends was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"Breast cancer diagnosis is not necessarily the most joyful thing, but its a nice way for the community to come together and support that person through their cancer survival journey," said Flock.

The event will have kid-friendly activities like food trucks, magicians, balloon artists, and much more.

The early-bird rate to register ends on March 31, after that date, registration runs through May 31, and the fee will then be $900 per team.

June 20 is race day, and there will be a breast cancer survivor ceremony where participators will do a paddle salute.

You can register here.

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Lindsey Ford

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