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Oct. 17, 2019
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Hot time had by all at Dragon Boat Festival

By Jane Harrison

The sweltering August heat did not wilt the enthusiasm at the Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. Late into a sweltering day of long-boat racing, spectators and participants still chanted cheers and paddled furiously toward the finish buoys in one of Lake Lanier’s most colorful spectacles.
 
Winners who had never even touched a trophy before came out on top as the dominating local squad stayed out of the competition this year. Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club members coached and steered. Many volunteered to help out. Before the Grand Finale, a visiting dragon boater was overheard exclaiming, “LCKC’s not in it. We have a chance this time!”
 
Several area teams finished well in the mix of competitors from corporate Atlanta, which included UPS, Home Depot, Intercontinental Hotels, and Chick-Fil-A. UNG Nighthawks won the collegiate division. The Good Guys (Hall County Sheriff’s Office) paddled to get gold in first responders division.

ZFHC Team 2 (ZF Industries) achieved second in the manufacturing class. Jackson EMC Team 2 took second in men’s open. Local squads from Left Nut Brewery, Longstreet Clinic, and Mansfield Oil also raced.
 
Besides the action on the water, the festival also brought fun and food to the grandstands, with the exotic noon Opening Ceremony and food vendors plating up everything from eggrolls to barbecued chicken.
 
Results: www.dragonboatatlanta.com.




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