Sixth annual Dragon Boat Festival is Saturday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 25, 2019


The Sixth Annual Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Shrine Club on High Rock Lake (6480 Long Ferry Road).
The Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival is the largest annual event held on High Rock Lake and is free for spectators to enjoy local fare while watching sleek 20-person boats compete over a 300-meter course.

“Our dedicated Dragon Boat committee members have been promoting the upcoming festival within the community and we are anticipating a larger crowd this year. We are looking strong with race team entries, corporate sponsors and more diverse food trucks. The event is fun for the whole family and we have added a kids’ zone. What a great way to showcase our lake while incorporating health and wellness with a good dose of competition,” said Teresa Dakins, (Trinity at Home) chair of the Rowan County Dragon Boat Festival Committee. “This festival is as much a celebration of our county’s diverse businesses, as it offers a family friendly atmosphere for our Rowan community and beyond,” continued Dakins.

Dragon Boat racing is a 2,300-year-old tradition from ancient China.
Photo credit: Tami Kelly-Pope


The event’s presenting sponsors are major employers in Rowan County with Hotwire Communications, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Trinity Senior Services of Rowan. Additional event sponsors include: Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine; Rowan County Tourism Development Authority and The Salisbury Post. Iconic soft drink company Cheerwine as well as local Salisbury-based breweries and vineyards, New Sarum and Morgan Ridge will be on site selling products.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs too make it a fun lakeside party. However, no pets, coolers nor outside food will be allowed. Parking is by donation and available in adjacent lots to the Shrine Club. Rowan Tourism will provide trolley rides between the parking areas and the Shrine Club property.


Dragon Boat racing is a 2,300-year-old tradition from Ancient China with 45’ sleek boats donned with dragon heads, tails and scales that seat 20 paddlers each. Colorful drummers sit in the bow pounding the drum to the beat of the paddlers’ stroke, and a steersperson stands in the stern guiding the team down the water racecourse.
For more information, please contact the Rowan Chamber at 704.633.4221 or or
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