This isn't your average lake outing.
The annual River Cities Dragon Boat Festival is once again sailing for Maumelle. On Saturday, June 12, teams of 20 paddlers — and one high-spirited drummer — will descend on Lake Willastein to battle it out with 46-foot-long, Hong Kong-style dragon boats.
In a full day of fun, teams race across the lake to the soothing sounds of their drummer's shouted encouragement, with prizes going to the fastest rowers and the teams with the best costumes. Saturday's schedule also include food trucks and music for the noncompetitors and activities for the kiddos.
Festivities begin the previous night, June 11, with a family-friendly celebration for teams, complete with a full-on fireworks display.
Organizers will have CDC guidelines in place all weekend, including plenty of hand sanitizer and masks and a redesign of "athlete’s village" for adequate social distancing.
Proceeds from the weekend benefit the Children’s Protection Center, a nonprofit that works with all agencies, from law enforcement to mental health professionals, to provide a coordinated approach to child abuse cases. Learn more at the Children’s Protection Center website.