Photo by Chung Chow
Community, culture and competition will come together at the 2018 Steveston Dragon Boat Festival.
This Saturday (Aug. 25), some 1,500 paddlers making up 72 teams will celebrate another great season on the water, while bidding adieu to the final days of summer on the shores of the Fraser River.
Upwards of 20,000 festival goers are expected to converge at the Imperial Landing Park (No. 1 Road and Bayview Street) to take in the races, while also enjoying music, art and entertainment for the entire family. Partial proceeds from the festival will benefit the Richmond Food Bank, which serves on average 2,200 people per week.
Last year’s sixth annual dragon boat festival played out under clear blue skies, with wide smiles the order of the day. Event organizer and Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival general manager Ann Phelps explained the resounding endorsement as accurately reflecting the culture of dragon boating.
“It’s very inclusive and diverse,” attracting people of all ages and ethnic groups, she explained.
This year, team registration sold out in April.
Heats and seeding races start at 8 a.m. and entertainment kicks off at 10 a.m. The full day of events run until 7 p.m. with the Junior and Senior Cup championship races.