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RRCA Friday Night Convention Event

The Lakeland Derby teams up with RRCA for an evening of Swan boat racing.

Lakeland, FL – On Friday April 23rd 2010 The Annual Lakeland Derby will take place on Lake Mirror with proceeds supporting the The Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, a local charity that provides medical services to the uninsured residents of Polk County, FL. The event will be the Friday evening function for the RRCA’s 52nd annual convention.

The Lakeland Derby is a “Kentucky Derby style event” where the horses are replaced with “man powered swan boats” and pedaled across Lake Mirror. The swan boat race will feature ten swan paddle boats powered by two jockeys. The jockeys pedal the swan boats similar to that of a bicycle.

According to Ashley Burnetti jockey for “Whirlaway” in 2009’s race “You pedal really hard and you get nowhere.” The event is a fundraiser for the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine but the event also focuses on bringing the local community together. Last year’s event brought in more than 4,000 spectators to beautiful Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland.

The event will be hosted in downtown Lakeland at Lake Mirror from 5:00 PM to 9:15 PM. Transportation for RRCA attendees will be provided to and from the event.

Dinner and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the cost of the convention meal tickets as well as a chance in the prize drawing. Additional tickets for guests or spouses can be purchased online through the convention’s website or at the convention. More information can be found on the convention website.

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