Four Seasons Owner
Pat paddles on the last row, helping her team to win
a gold medal!
The annual Dagon Boat Race and festival at beautiful
Lake Lure, North Carolina will be on June 14, 2014.
You can walk to the festivities from Four Seasons Cottages &
Move over kayaks
because the dragon boats are coming back to town. The Lure of the Dragons Boat Races and Festival in
Lake Lure challenge the typical mindset of paddling in Western
North Carolina. Teams of 11 rowers sit side-by-side
on a 30-foot dragon boat - literally adorned with dragon
head, tail and scales - and paddle at racing speeds
to the cadence of a pounding drummer seated in the rear.
Pat with her
gold medal and Chamber paddle for helping to
sponsor the race.
The inaugural festival in 2007 saw 18 teams, 198 paddlers,
over 2000 spectators. To date, the festival has raised more
than $25,000 for local children’s charities and attracted
teams from across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Ohio and Georgia. The festival that accompanies the dragon
boat races offers family fun while showcasing a combination
of Asian and Southern culture. Click
to see last year’s festival highlights.
With teams in six different divisions each vying for first
place, spectators vigorously cheer on the bounty of boats.
Divisions include Masters (50-years-old and older), Youth
(Ages 12-18), Premier, Community, Corporate, and Breast