Dragon Boat Festival asks for food donations for Rowan Helping Ministries – Reuters
SALISBURY — The Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival Committee is asking for donations for Rowan Helping Ministries at its event July 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shrine Club on High Rock Lake (6480 Long Ferry Road).
Spectators are encouraged to bring a box or good canned non-perishable item for Rowan Helping Ministries (RHM). There are 32 teams registered and more than 3,000 spectators are expected.
“As a board member of RHM, I know their pantry is extremely low. With children out of school during the summer months, it is important to provide food to families in need,” said Daniel Matangira, president of the Dragon Boat Festival, in a press release. “RHM will provide a trailer for Dragon Boat attendees to drop off their donations and they will collect the trailer after the event. There is no charge to attend the Dragon Boat Festival, so this will count as your optional donation item to help our community.
The event is free and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. No pets, coolers or outside food will be allowed. Parking costs $5 per car and is available in lots adjacent to the Shrine Club. Novant Health Rowan Medical Center offers trolley rides between the parking areas and the Shrine Club property.
Pan-Am Dragon Boat oversees the competition and provides each team with all necessary equipment (boat, paddles, life jackets). Teams learn to paddle during an introductory practice session.
Each team has 20 paddlers (a minimum of eight must be women) and a drummer. On race day, each team will contest three runs over a 300m straight course.
Dragon boat racing is a 2,300-year-old tradition from ancient China with sleek 45-foot boats clad in dragon heads, tails and scales that can accommodate 20 paddlers each. Colorful drummers sit up front and beat the drum to the rhythm of the paddlers’ stroke, and a helmsman stands in the stern to guide the team around the aquatic racetrack.
Dragon Boat Festival Schedule
Saturday July 23
8 a.m. — Spectator doors open and vendors are ready for business
9:00 a.m. — Opening ceremonies, start of dragon boat races
Noon — Lunch break with Drummer Parade and presentation of the Novant Health Workplace Wellness Award
1:00 p.m. — Semi-final race
2 p.m.— Championship Race
3:30 p.m. — Prize giving
For more information, contact the Rowan Chamber at [email protected] or 704.633.4221 or follow us on #DragonBoatsRowan2022 and see our website https://rowanchamberdragonboat.org/