CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Dragon boats will race down the Ashley River Saturday for the 9th annual Charleston Dragon Boat Festival.
Hundreds of paddlers in dozens of dragon boats compete in races all day as fans watch from Brittlebank Park. The large racing canoes are filled with 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steerperson. Teams compete in heats of 250 meter races in four divisions: Mixed, Men, Women and Cancer Survivors.
The event helps raise money and support for Dragon Boat Charleston's cancer survivor programs. A survivor ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Earlier this year a team of breast cancer survivors traveled to Australia to compete in the World Championships. You can read their story here.
Racing heats begin at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. In addition to race winners, awards are also given for the top fundraising team and individual, best tent décor, best team t-shirt and overall team spirit.
Admission and parking for the festival are free.
For more information on the Dragon Boat festival, click here.