Dragon Boat racing returning to Peachtree City next weekend

Fri, 09/19/2008 - 1:54pm
By: The Citizen

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City announces the 2nd annual Dragon Boat Races and International Festival will be held at Drake Field on Lake Peachtree on Saturday, September 27 beginning at 8 a.m. Dragon boat racing is the world’s fastest growing water sport. It combines tradition with modern day teamwork, enthusiasm and strategy. Dragon boating is a great way for corporations, organizations and youth groups to get involved in a dynamic setting designed to promote team building.

Teams consist of 25 persons: 20 paddlers, one drummer one steer person and three alternates. Last year over 2,500 attended to watch 21 boats compete. The Rotary Club of Peachtree City expects this year’s event to be much larger.

Registration will last from 8 a.m.-9 a.m., and heat races will last from 9 a.m.-noon. The lunch break will last from 12-1:30 p.m. and heat races will resume from 1:30-4 p.m. There will be a short break from 4-4:30 p.m. and the finals will take place from 4:30-4:45 p.m. The tophy presentation wll follow. 92.5 FM “The Bear" will do a live remote for three hours and once again there will be a kids area with a bounce room and slides.

The International Festival will be held in conjunction with the races. The objective of the Rotary Festival is to raise awareness of our cultural diversity and increase interest in international commerce through the interaction of the community, business and the arts. What a better way to learn about other cultures than to enjoy the food and fun. There will be food vendors in colorfully decorated tents. The flavor of the wonderful food will be complemented by spotlights of entertainment. There will be something for everyone.

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City is currently seeking sponsors, race teams, food vendors and entertainment. All proceeds from this event will support Rotary community projects including: Alzheimer’s and Breast Cancer research, Fayette youth programs, clean water programs, Fayette senior services, Boy and Girl Scouts, the Fayette YMCA and many other community projects.

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