Dragon boats skim Lake Peachtree — Full day of fun ahead for Dragon Boat races

Two of the 38 teams practice recently on Lake Peachtree to compete this Saturday to win the annual Dragon Boat Race. Photo/Special.

 

The Peachtree City International Festival and Rotary Club Dragon Boat Races will take place Saturday, Sept. 22 at Drake Field and adjacent Lake Peachtree.
 
This year, the boats seat 10 people, so they are lighter, faster and more fun. With 38 teams, 380 people will take to the lake with aspirations of earning awards and bragging rights.
 
When the racers aren’t on the lake, they and the fans lining the shore can visit the International Festival where they can enjoy a taste of culture, food, art and entertainment from around the world.
 
The festival will include the traditional Kids Korner, a wide variety of entertainment throughout the day on the main stage, as well as an expanded International Food Cafe area.
 
Things kick off with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. The Peachtree Wind Ensemble performs afterwards followed by Okinawa Kenjin Kai’s Ryuku Dance and Taiko group at 11 a.m. The Drake School of Irish Dance performs at 11:30 a.m., Aztec Dances of Mexico take place at noon, followed by a Japanese choir at 1 p.m., Greek dancers at 1:30 p.m., belly dancers and cloggers at 2 p.m. and Celtic Ties at 2:30 p.m.
 
The Kids Korner will feature arts and crafts, inflatables, a Hamster Ball and a balloon artist. Artisans scheduled to appear will present items such as charms, pottery, Bonsaii trees, Asian hats and clothing, olive oils and fossils among others.
 
As for food vendors, there will be dishes from Atlanta Okinawan Kenjin Kai, Partners II Pizza, Express Food, Sweet Mama’s Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Little Touch of Heaven, St. Hellenic Orthodox Church, TCBY, Catering Creations-Hawaiian, European Delight, Green Ginger and She’s Bistro Bar and Grill.
 
There will also be cultural exhibits from American Black Belt Academy, World Heritage International and St. Hellenic Orthodox Church.
 
The Dragon Boat teams have had practice time on the lake over the last few months and are ready to strut their stuff.