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Event of the Week: River Cities Dragon Boat Festival

Registration is now open for one of the most exciting events on the water, River Cities Dragon Boat Festival, benefitting the Children’s Protection Center. The event will be held Saturday, May 17 at Victory Lake in Burns Park.  Corporate and community teams can register online for a boat and a fundraising page at www.rivercitiesdragonboatfestival.com. The deadline to register is Monday, May 5.

Dating back more than 2,300 years, Dragon Boat racing features teams of 20 paddlers with a drummer and a steerer in authentic Hong-Kong style, 46-foot-long dragon boats. All skill levels and physiques can paddle, making it the ultimate team-building sport, requiring synchronicity and finesse, more than power to win.

Registration for a boat is $750 and team members are encouraged to raise $100 per person in pledges. Each team will have one on-water practice session before race day and are guaranteed to compete in two heats during the competition. Winning teams will go on to race in qualifying heats for the championship title.

Teams are encouraged to dress up, decorate their tents and bring as many spectators as possible for a festival by the river. Top prizes will be awarded to the fastest teams, the largest pledge contributions and best dressed teams.

The Children’s Protection Center, the only organization of its kind in Pulaski County, provides a child-friendly facility where professionals work together to protect and treat child abuse victims and their families. The CPC works directly with children and their families to help reduce the trauma of child abuse and the resulting investigation.

Mitchell Williams is a proud sponsor of the Second Annual River Cities Dragon Boat Festival.