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See water sports July 5 and 6 at Sacramento Water Festival.

See water sports July 5 and 6 at Sacramento Water Festival

To enjoy the outdoors in the Sacramento Valley in July, it's best to head for the water. Some midsummer days--hovering around 100|--could give a camel heat stroke. The Sacramento Water Festival was created with this in mind: spectators fanned by river breezes watch powerboat racing, water-ski exhibitions, and gag races on the Sacramento River. The first festival--last year--drew 60,000, and parking was a problem. This year, new parking options should help.

The only place in California to see International Formula One powerboats race, the festival features the lightweight 17-foot craft in high-speed (up to 140 mph) competition. At 10 A.M. Saturday, practice runs begin; time trials go from noon to 2; races take place from 3 to about 4. Sunday, finals are from 2 to 4.

Other Saturday highlights include an "anything that floats' parade at 2 P.M. (last year, a dumpster participated), water-skiing demonstrations around 4, and a fireworks display at 9:30. Sunday offers a Coast Guard air-rescue demonstration about noon.

Tickets cost $6, $5 for children under 12. To reach the festival--on the waterfront just south of Old Town--from Interstate Highway 80, take the Old Town exit, turn right on 10th Street, left on P Street. There's free parking in two new lots at Second and P streets, and free on-street parking near the Crocker Art Gallery at Third and O streets. Across from the museum, a shady park offers picnic spots.

Photo: Sleek 17-foot Formula One racing boats look like sold fiberglass, but underneath is lightweight wood frame. Before races, stop by to look at boats, chat with racers
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