Penticton and South Okanagan
Dragon boat festival this weekend
Sep 7, 2013 / 5:00 am
Excitement was in the air at Skaha Lake Friday, as paddlers arrived for the Penticton Dragon Boat Festival.
Although numbers are slightly down from last year, more than 2,000 athletes on 74 teams are expected to participate in the event held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8.
"People can come and watch for free, and every 12 minutes there will be another race starting," said race director Don Mulhall. "There is also lots going on, lots of vendors, quite a festival on the land side."
The paddlers include local participants, as well as people coming in from the coast and Alberta.
Racing will take place all day, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Returning to race for the second year in a row is the Flying Dragons, the first team for adults with intellectual disabilities in Canada.
The Penticton team will race at 11:36 a.m. and 12:54 a.m. on Saturday.
"They are as keen as they were last year, with lots of returning members," said Mulhall.
In addition to the racing on the water and vendors, there will be the survivorship ceremony for breast cancer on Sunday.
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