The second annual Oak Ridge Dragon Boat Festival on Friday and Saturday included dragon boat races, music, vendors, food trucks, a youth area for kids, Drummers’ Parade, and Lanterns on the Lake ceremony. Here are pictures by D. Ray Smith and Rob Welton.
The Dragon Boat Festival raises money for local charities. As many as 32 dragon boat teams had registered this year. Each team has 20 paddlers and aÂ drummer to ensure that the paddlers are propelling the boat in synchrony.
This year, the festival started on Friday evening with theÂ Dragon Boat Beer Garden Bash at Melton Lake Park followed by a full day of boat racing on Saturday.
The festival is organized and sponsored by the three Rotary clubs of Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson and Fire Chief Darryl Kerley estimated that theÂ new event on Friday had about 1,500 participants, and there were approximately 4,000 who attended throughout the day on Saturday.
The winners this year were:
- Goldâ€”Parkway Cardiology-Paddle Attack, from the Health and Wellness Division, with a time of 01:07.301;
- Silverâ€”Charlotte Dragon Boat Association-Charlotte Fury (the defending champions), from the Crazy about DragonÂ Boats Division, with a time of 01:08.278; and
- Bronzeâ€”Glenwood Elementary School-Glenwood Gliders, from the Education Division, with a time of 01:08.759.