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Happening This Weekend: Drums & Dragons Boat Race

The Drums & Dragons Boat Race is back at Lake Julian Park in Arden this Saturday, June 23rd. (Photo Courtesy: CarePartners Foundation).

The Drums & Dragons Boat Race is back at Lake Julian Park in Arden this Saturday, June 23, 2018.

It’s a fundraising effort for CarePartners Foundation, which provides rehabilitation, home health, adult care and hospice services across Western North Carolina.

You can participate in the race for $75. Just look for the team registration tent and arrive by 8 a.m.

Anyone can take part, and spectators can attend for free.

Organizers say dragon boats are an ancient Chinese tradition. The boats are 46 feet long and have 20 paddlers.

It’s is a team sport that focuses on speed and coordination. Teams include a drummer dressed in costume, and a designated person to steer the boat.

The race begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and wraps up by 3 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to come around 8 a.m. to take in a special ceremony before the race begins.

There will also be food trucks and family-friendly activities on site.

Click here to learn more about the event and prizes.

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