Dragon Boat festival

Dragon Boat racing is a 2,300-year-old tradition from Ancient China with 45’ sleek boats donned with dragon heads, tails and scales that seat 20 paddlers each. Colorful drummers sit in the bow pounding the drum to the beat of the paddlers’ stroke, and a steersperson stands in the stern guiding the team down the water racecourse.

SALISBURY— The sixth annual Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Shrine Club on High Rock Lake (6480 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC).

The Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival is the largest annual event held on High Rock Lake and is free for spectators to enjoy local fare while watching sleek 20-person boats compete over a 300-meter course.

There are over 29 teams from various organizations entered in this year’s festival including Atrium Health, Avita Pharmacy, Charlotte Fury, F&M Bank, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, Power Curbers Companies, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury Pride and Trinity Oaks.

The event will also include exhibits, food and entertainment from Seth Pittman, a music business major attending Catawba College along with Bob Coleman of Peacock Party Planning for the sound system.

Schedule:

8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9 a.m. Dragon Boat Heat Racing Starts; Food Trucks, Beer/Wine & Vendor booths open

12:30 Lunch Break – Drummer Parade; Heads/Tails Game & Novant Health Wellness Cup Award

1:30 p.m. Dragon Boat Racing Continues

3:30 p.m. Championship Races 4 p.m. Awards Presentation

About Dragon Boat Racing:

Dragon Boat racing is a 2,300-year-old tradition from Ancient China with 45’ sleek boats donned with dragon heads, tails and scales that seat 20 paddlers each. Colorful drummers sit in the bow pounding the drum to the beat of the paddlers’ stroke, and a steersperson stands in the stern guiding the team down the water racecourse.

For more information, please contact the Rowan Chamber: Elaine Spalding, (704) 633-4221 espalding@rowanchamber.com

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