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Dragon Boat Festival Saturday on High Rock Lake

Source: Rowan Chamber Source: Rowan Chamber
Source: Rowan Chamber Source: Rowan Chamber

The Fourth Annual Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival will be held this Saturday from (;00 am until 3:00 pm at the Shrine Club on High Rock Lake, 6480 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury.

Title Sponsors are Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Trinity Oaks/Trinity at Home/Lutheran Services of the Carolinas.

“The Rowan Chamber is passionate about health and wellness and being a part of an event of this magnitude that brings together family fun and competition, tying it in with High Rock Lake, our natural resource here in Rowan County is a win-win for the community. We have been pleased to be associated with the Dragon Boat Festival for all four years,” said Teresa Dakins (Trinity at Home), chair of the Dragon Boat Festival Committee. “It highlights our quality of life with abundant water resources, friendly people and unique team building opportunities for businesses!”  

Dragon Boat racing dates back to a more than 2,300-year-old tradition from Ancient China. 45’ sleek boats donned with dragon heads, tails and scales seat 20 paddlers. A drummer sits 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 race course.

There are 25 teams in this year’s Dragon Boat Race and over 3,000 people are expected to watch.

The first year, there were 16 teams and it’s been growing steadily since then. The event is free to attend; however, no pets, coolers or outside food will be allowed. Besides the actual competition of the colorful Dragon Boat races; food vendors will be joined by local iconic soft drink company Cheerwine; United Beverages/Miller Beer; Morgan Ridge; and, New Sarum Brewery will feature their craft beer products for sale.

Food vendors include: Teriyaki “Chicken on a Stick”, Kabobs Food Truck, The Hotdog Shack, The Shuckin’ Shack, Kay’s Concessions and the Egg Roll Shop. Refreshing treats will also be provided by Dolce Italian Ice and The Chill.

There will be entertainment during the lunch break, with local student dancers leading the Drummer Parade. A fun Heads  & Tails 50/50 game will be played during lunch with the winner receiving a cash prize. Raffles for recreation sporting equipment, kayaks and picnic baskets will be conducted.   

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and make it a fun lake party. Parking is free and available in adjacent lots to the Shrine Club. The Salisbury/Rowan County Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide trolley rides to and from the parking areas. Look for the signs as you come down Long Ferry Road.

At the end of the day on Saturday, Olympic style Gold/Silver/Bronze medals will be presented in the top three divisions and Gold in the fourth division.

The Chamber has contracted with High Five Dragon Boat for the fourth year in a row. High Five will provide each team with all the necessary equipment (boat, paddles, life vests). Teams will learn how to paddle during an introductory practice session (included in team registration fee). Each team will need to provide 20 paddlers; a minimum of eight must be female, and a drummer. On race day, each team will compete in three heats on a 350m straight course.

It’s not too late to volunteer and get a free Dragon Boat t-shirt. For more information, please contact the Rowan Chamber at 704.633.4221 or info@rowanchamber.com or www.rowanchamberdragonboat.com.

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