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Harbour Festval - 16 & 17 August
Raising money for the RNLI this jam packed free weekend festival will have something for all the family.
Situated on the newly tarmaced harbour, the views of Folkestone alone on a summers day are enough of a draw.
With a raft race that involves local peole and business creating a raft, part of the fun is seeing how long they can last on the water with colourful displays and amusing designs. Part of the Thundercats race this is not, but good laughs it is. All the money raised from this race goes directly to the RNLI, while hoping they won't be needed to provide any rescue to novice rafters.
The Thundercats take off from Sunny Sands on both days for rounds 9 & 10 of the World Championships ahead of the September final in Newquay. This display of talent is not to be missed, especially with commentary throughout from one of the founding members of the Thundercats. Both the commentary from this race and the RYA National Powerboating race will be carried through local community station Academy FM.
Alongside all the racing there is also a Children's fun fair, face painting and art and craft stalls. Those looking for something to eat and drink will also be well catered for over the weekend.
This year also sees the first display at the harbour festival of a bike stunt show to compliment the custom and street bike display.
'Wind and Fire' was started in 1991 in the States and there are now tens of thousands of members worldwide. The primary aim of the club is to raise funds for burns victim children.
The criteria for joining; you must be a firefighter and own a Harley Davidson. That's us out then.
From 11.30am on both days, local bands will be performing and Sturday night a fireworks display will mark what will have no doubt been a succeful first day of the harbour festival.
A great weekend for all the family.
Folkestone Harbour Festival 16 & 17 August. www.folkestoneharbourfestival.co.uk.
A V-8 Power boat
RNLI Raft Race - by Stan Sharp
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