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Updated: 06/25/2014 08:00:00AM

Sarasota to host 30th annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY CHUCK CARROLL
During "The Friendliest Catch," special needs children are taken out on a boat for a catch and release day.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CHUCK CARROLL
The biggest attraction of the week is race day, when spectators line the beach and the water on the other side of the racing area.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CHUCK CARROLL
This year's Festival Parade of Boats will be held in downtown Sarasota on July 3.

By DEBBIE FLESSNER

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Some people might say that once you reach the age of 30, it's all downhill from there, but that adage definitely doesn't apply to the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival. It may be turning 30 this year, but it's better than ever.

As one of the world's longest continuously running races in the world, the festival and all eight days of activities surrounding it, are a boatload of fun for a great cause — the Suncoast Charities for Children.

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