Dragon Boat Festival offers economic shot-in-the-arm

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Town resident Edith Wright won the quilt in 2006. She donated the relic back to the Oriental Museum to be raffled again.

Special to the County Compass

ORIENTAL – The countdown to this community’s Third Annual Dragon Boat Festival has begun. The Saturday, Aug. 11, event has lured teams and participants from as far away as Miami, Fla.

The volunteers who toil weekly at Oriental’s History Museum have spotted an opportunity! They intend to once again raffle a handmade dragon quilt. This quilt is made from T-shirts from various regattas and festivals. Each block contains a different Dragon T-shirt.


When the one-of-a-kind treasure was originally raffled in 2006, town resident Edith Wright was the lucky winner. Wright and her husband Jerry hung the colorful artifact on a wall of their home. And, they have generously donated the queen-sized cover back to the Museum to be raffled again.

Tickets are $2 each or three for $5, and may be purchased before the Festival at the Museum or at Inland Waterway Provision Company. Brisk sales are expected at the Dragon Boat Races when the official drawing will occur immediately after the Awards Presentation.

Don’t miss a chance to win this brightly colored quilt and support your local Museum at the same time.

Dragon Boat participants will practice Friday afternoon, August 10, with an entire day of racing scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 11. For more information, call (252) 675-9424, or e-mail info@orientaldragonboat.com


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