I learned about the Asian Festival, the Charlotte Dragon Boat Race last year and looking forward to this year’s event. I think due to the fact that it called for thunderstorm on Saturday, not many people were there as the year before, last year‘s festivals attracted more than 6,000 people. The weather was nice until 2 PM, when the sky opened up and it started to pour, luckily I brought a trash bag with me for my camera, but we only had 1 small umbrella for 5 people, needless to say we were soaking wet, and the party was pretty much over for us. The storm only lasted for 30 minutes, and when we left at 2:30 PM, many left with us, but many were arriving because it was an all day event.
I’ve never attended a boat race before, so this was a treat for me. The admission was free, and we had to park our car at one location, and the shuttle buses took us to Ramsey Creek park. The boat races was exciting, it was with 22 person rowing crews in boats, 43-55 ft long, with dragon mastheads and tails, and teams were representing many organizations and groups, this took place on Lake Norman. At a time like this, I wish I had a better zoom lens.
Many onlookers were there to cheer for their favorite teams.
Dragon boat race crews, just finishing with their race.
Hi five, greet and meet for a brief moment, congratulating the rowers that just finished with their race, and wishing the next Dragon boat rowers with their next race.
I was expecting mostly Asian Dragon boat rowers, but surprisingly there were more American Dragon boat rowers than Asian.
There were several cancer survival teams there being recognized.
I’ve more photos of the event, and will post later…