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LDS community 'backbone' of event

KENT, Wash. — Members of the Church here for the third year in a row volunteered to help run the dragon boat races this July as part of the Kent (Wash.) Cornucopia Days. Some 75 members of the Kent 6th Ward, Kent 9th Singles Branch and the Auburn 1st Ward helped make the third annual Kent Lion's Club family event a success. The volunteers were time keepers, referees, dock workers and starters, among many other tasks.

"The Church volunteers are the backbone of the dragon boat race event," said Cheryl Corbin, event director and a Church volunteer. "Without them there would not be the number of helpers required to carry an event of this nature."

In dragon boat races, which is a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition, dragon-shaped boats are paddled by teams. Teams from Canada, Washington and Oregon competed in the day-long races. The Cornucopia Days festival is a 33-year-old tradition here sponsored by the Lion's Club to raise money for charities, grants and scholarships. The Kent Washington Stake strives to provide 150 hours to the community each year.