Texarkana Dragon Boat Festival This Saturday
This Saturday it's the second annual Texarkana Dragon Boat Festival.
Events start at 9AM Saturday (April 29) at Bringle Lake Park in Texarkana, Texas and go until 5PM. Even though its too late to get a team together there will still be plenty of fun.
There will be food vendors and live music throughout the day. Plus, tons of people will be cheering on the dragon boat teams.
All proceeds benefit HandsOn Texarkana, which encourages volunteerism throughout community.
According to the Texarkana Dragon Race website:
With a history of more than 2,500 years, the sport of dragon boating originated in ancient China. The legends include warring9 states, radical politics and fierce loyalty and passion written poetically by one man - Qu Yuan. This man was exiled from the land that he loved, and in turn committed suicide in the Miluo River in a final form of protest against the corruption of his era. During an attempt to save Qu Yuan, the locals took to the river in their fishing boats, splashing their paddles to keep the water demons and evil spirits away.