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International Dragon Boat Festival

July 31, 2014
When you think of Richmond, Virginia, surely one of the first thoughts that pops into your head is confederate flags, guns and southern accents that are as thick and molasses. In all reality, contemporary Richmond is a diverse city that celebrates the many countries and cultures that are so very much apart of it's citizens lives.

This Saturday, August 2nd marks the 5th year of the International Dragon Boat Festival. The festival is a daylong event that marries Chinese dragon boat races with authentic Chinese traditions.

Teams comprised of 20 people, paddle together down a 500-meter stretch of the river in 40-foot canoes adorned with lavish dragonheads. This year 26 teams will be competing for top place. 

Apart from the races, there will also be Chinese performances on land, featuring traditional dances and costumes. The first race starts at 9 a.m. This event is Free.

Live Alligator Exhibit at Maymont!

July 31, 2014
It seems like the Nature Center at Maymont has a certain fascination with danger. First it was venomous snakes now- it's alligators!

Maymont has just received 5 baby alligators for their reptile exhibit. The American alligator is the largest species of reptile in North America. The babies currently measure in at 8-30 inches long, but while they live at Maymont for the next year they will grow roughly another 12 inches.

The exhibit starts this Saturday, August 2nd. In addition to the alligators, there will also be fish and turtle feeding demonstrations at 12 p.m and otter training at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 or $2 for kids 4 and under.

Rascal Flatts is Coming to Richmond

July 31, 2014

Country sensation, Rascal Flatts and sweetheart Kellie Pickler are coming to Richmond on Saturday, September 27 for the first concert at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Since it first opened in 2013, the center has only been used for the Redskins' training camp but the city hopes to use the venue to bring even more national acts to people of Richmond.

The concert is sponsored by the E.J. Wade Foundation, a Mechanicsville non-profit organization. The foundation hopes to raise awareness for disaster preparedness in the Central Virginia region. They plan on using the "net proceeds from the concert to purchase disaster relief essentials such as 200 gas powered generators and tractor trailer loads of bottled water."

General admission tickets are $32.50. They can be purchased at the CenterStage Box Office or online at ETIX.com. Tickets go on sale, tomorrow, Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. Better set an alarm for yourself otherwise the event might just sell out in the first hour!

Watch the Washington Redskins for Free!

July 31, 2014

In case you were wondering why there are large crowds of people gathered around the streets near the Richmond Science Museum lately, no, they are not in line for a meet and greet with Bill Nye the Science Guy, they're actually in town for the Washington Redskins' training camp.

Starting Thursday July 24 the camp will run through to Monday August 11th. The Redskins will hold a full practice beginning at 8:35 a.m. every morning and a 4:10 p.m. walkthrough that's open to the public. 

According to the training center rules, visitors can walk around designated areas outside the practice fields. Following practice, Redskins players and coaches will be made available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and make sure to bring some food. There will be no bleachers available on-site but there will be several food trucks on-hand for those not interested in packing a lunch.

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