The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival has been cancelled once again. Despite the lifting of some COVID-related restrictions, organizers at the Barrie Public Library (BPL) feel there isn’t enough wiggle room to allow the annual event to go ahead this year.
Instead, the BPL has partnered with Tim Hortons to bring Barrie residents a Dragon Boat Month in place of the annual in-person festival. Throughout August, special events and activities will be presented, including Dragon Tale Storytimes and online visits to the Toronto Zoo. Parents can even swing by their closest library branch to scoop up a Grab and Go kit full of activities for the kids.
“Although we had to cancel the on-water Dragon Boat Festival this year due to ongoing COVID restrictions, our virtual celebration will definitely capture the spirit of community and fun,” says Katelyn Lees, Philanthropy & Resource Development Specialist at the Barrie Public Library. “We are thrilled to have Tim Hortons present this fun month of programming with us.”
The Dragon Boat Festival has been a waterfront fixture in Barrie since 2003, and raises upwards of $120,000 a year for local organizations. “This is the second year of missing that opportunity to help local organizations,” Lees continued. “We are encouraging the community, if you are able, to make a donation to the charity of your choice.”
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