Friday 29 July 2016

2016 Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival

Posted at 12:17 PM

July 14, 2016

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — The 2016 Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6.

  • What: Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival by Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Where: Half Moon Beach in Eau Claire
  • When: Saturday, Aug. 6
    • 9 a.m. — Qualifying races
    • 11:15 a.m. — Opening ceremony and parade
    • 12 p.m. — Semifinal races
    • 2:15 p.m. — Remembrance ceremony
    • 2:45 p.m. — Final races
    • 5 p.m. — Team medals and awards presentation
  • Cost: The free event will feature music and kid’s activities. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
  • Supporting: The event will raise awareness of hospice care.
  • Details:
    • Fifty-two teams, comprised of more than 1,300 members are competing, many with a personal connection to hospice.
    • Each team has 21 participants, including 20 paddlers and one drummer. A steersperson also is provided for each team.
    • Race course is 250 meters, and each race lasts less than two minutes.
    • In addition to a trophy for first place and medals for final heat winners, three spirit awards will be given: team spirit, best-decorated team tent and best-dressed drummer.
  • Volunteers are still needed:
    • More than 200 volunteers support the festival.
    • Visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org/halfmoondragon, and click on volunteer to sign up.
  • What is dragon boat racing?:
    • Equal parts sport and spectacle, dragon boat racing is a team event with roots in ancient China.
    • In the last 25 years, dragon boat racing has been revitalized and is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world.
    • A dragon boat is a long, colorful boat with a delicate and ornate head and tail.
    • Hong Kong-style boats race point to point with the winner determined by which dragon’s nose crosses the finish line first.
    • Dragon boat racing is for men and women of all ages and athletic abilities.
  • Bigger and better:
    • Anna Sizer, director of Community Development, says, “The second annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival supports hospice services throughout our region. We are looking forward to a bigger event this year. We’ve added 19 teams this year competing. In addition, we are providing more variety in our food vendors, and more family activities.”
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