The inaugural Oak Ridge Dragon Boat Festival will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Oak Ridge Marina and Pavilion in Melton Lake Park.
The three Rotary clubs of Oak Ridge are launching this fundraiser for community nonprofit service organizations.
Dragon boat racing is the eighth-fastest growing sport in the world. And the races will take place on Oak Ridgeâ€™s signature rowing venue, considered one of the three best courses for regattas in the nation.
Starting at 9 a.m., 30 dragon boat teamsâ€”three from Kentucky and North Carolinaâ€”will race at least twice, with the 12 winners of two rounds racing in the third round.
The festival offers food and beverage vendors, beer garden, kids area at the pavilion with bounce houses and 15-minute martial arts lessons on the hour, two Tai Chi demonstrations, and awards ceremonies for winners of the morning Drummers Parade and the third round of dragon boat races. [Read more…]