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Here's what's happening around Greater Sudbury today
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Ramsey Lake was alive with sweating paddlers, hollering drummers and intricately decorated watercraft on July 15 for the 18th annual Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival.

Good morning, Greater Sudbury.

Here are some stories to start your day.

Roar of the dragon reaches Ramsey Lake:

Ramsey Lake was alive with sweating paddlers, hollering drummers and intricately decorated watercraft on July 15 for the 18th annual Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival. Organizer Chris Gavard said 41 teams of 20 paddlers registered to take part in the annual event, which got underway at the former canoe club in Bell Park. This year and again in 2018, the proceeds from the dragon boat festival go to the capital campaign supporting the expansion of Maison McCulloch Hospice. Gavard said he hopes the festival brings in at least $70,000 this year. Check out photos from the event here.

Sudbury Blueberry Festival is underway:

Sudbury's 32nd annual Blueberry Festival kicked off on July 16 at the Bell Park gazebo. Skead's blueberry pancake breakfast will took over the Skead Community Centre (3971 Skead Rd.) on Sunday morning (July 16) from 8 a.m. - noon. July 17 will feature the Blueberry Hill Climb (weather permitting). You can learn about Sudbury's Blueberry Heritage on this hour-long visit to Blueberry Hill (bring your camera and binoculars). Event runs 10 a.m. - noon off Bancroft Dive behind the Carmichael Arena.

Pride in the Park draws a huge crowd to the city's downtown:

Pride Day in the Park made its way downtown to Memorial Park on Saturday, July 15. The grand, family-friendly event celebrated 20 years of LGBTQ+ culture in the north. Flocks of Sudburians showed up to the park to celebrate Sudbury Pride 2017. The same day, the Pride March took to the streets of Downtown Sudbury. In the evening Zig's hosted the Pride Palooza. Check out some photos of Saturday's festivities here.

Alleged dog abusers in court this week:

A 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman who were both arrested in connection to an animal cruelty case on June 14 are scheduled for their first court appearance on July 19. Both individuals are facing animal cruelty charges in connection to a pair of videos that circulated social media last month that showed a dog being mistreated and beaten. Sudbury.com will bring you coverage from the court proceedings on Wednesday.

Celebrity pie eating contest this Thursday:

Head out to the Rainbow Centre this Thursday, July 20 and cheer on your favourite Sudbury celebs as they dive face-first into some blueberry pie. The contest is a staple in the Sudbury Blueberry Festival. Sudbury.com will once again be taking part in the contest with hopes of finally claiming the crown. Come out to the Rainbow Centre at noon on July 20 and watch local media personalities eat pie until they're blue in the face.

Monday weather:

Mainly cloudy this morning with a high of around 19. Parly cloudy Monday evening with the low dropping to 13. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.



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