The waning dog days of summer brought the 26th annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival once again to Lake Lanier’s Olympic Park. The event continues to unite people from many cultures and backgrounds through team building, sportsmanship, and competition. Held on September 6, there were 64 registered teams that competed in 11 divisions. Proceeds from the event benefit Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club and Dragon Boat Atlanta, a Breast Cancer Awareness dragon boat team.
According to Tracy Barth, director of the festival, “This year showed us that teams are ready to return to the water and in a big way! With a crowd estimate of just over 8,000, we are already planning how to better accommodate this growing event.”
As exciting improvements like the new boathouse and additions to the tower side of the venue are completed, Lake Lanier Olympic Park will continue to honor its Olympic legacy in style with events like the Dragon Boat Festival where spectators and attendees can witness the blessing of the boats by Laotian Buddhist monks, enjoy the cultural displays and dances, sample food, and enjoy Lake Lanier. To get race results or learn more about past and future Dragon Boat Festivals, visit: DragonBoatAtlanta.com.
Photos: courtesy Kim Martin (kimmersphotography.com)