Saturday, April 28, 2012

Asian Fest and Dragon Boat Races




9th Annual Tampa Bay Asian Fest & International Dragon Boat Races
Saturday, April 28th 2012


The Gulfcoast Chinese American Cultural Society and the US China Peoples Friendship Association, both alliance members of Sarasota Sister Cities Association, invite SSCA members to attend the 9th Annual Tampa Bay Asian Fest & International Dragon Boat Races Saturday, April 28.  The event will be held at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, the Marriott Waterside and waters of Garrison Channel in Tampa.  


Several teams from local corporate and community groups as well as paddlers from across the U.S. are competing to be Tampa's #1 Dragon Boat Team. This is a race run with exact precision, and professional equipment by Pan American Dragon Boat Association. 450m on the waters of Garrison Channel, with a fully buoyed 5-lane course, where the waters are always calm and the sun always shines.   


The event will kick off at 8:00 in the morning with the Opening Ceremonies on the Marriott Waterside  patio, and the first race at 8:30am, with a heat running every 12 minutes.  Each team will race 3 times throughout the day, being seeded into a division, and then getting the chance to become a Division Champion.

Athletes and spectators will enjoy festivities in Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park throughout the entire event with Asia Fest.   Asia Fest's entertainment and vendors in the Park will be open from 11 am - 3 pm.  Additional food vendors will be available until 7 pm.  Carpooling is recommended due to limited parking.