Sign-ups begin for Aug. 12 Dragon Boat Festival

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Among first: Two newcomers & veteran paddler from Florida

RIVER DUNES – The eighth annual affair, scheduled for Grace Harbor Marina at River Dunes near Oriental, is shaping up to be the most popular competition yet.

Teams and individual paddlers from throughout the Southeast have been bombarding the Festival’s website,, according to organizer Flora Moorman.


“I really want to thank both Barbara Caudill and Nancy Christian from Raleigh,” said Moorman. “Earlier this year, for Chinese New Year, we promoted the Dragon Boat Festival at the Triangle Area Chinese-American Society gathering, where we met Barbara and Nancy. Since then, they have been phenomenal recruiters for us!”

And, the team fielded each year by the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce will be delighted to learn that Greg Loomis of Punta Gorda, Fla. has again committed. Loomis paddles year-round in Florida, and brings superb experience and knowledge to the Chamber team!

Dragon boating’s greatest appeal is that anyone of any ability can participate. It is not about strength but the ‘synchronicity’ of the team, as the paddles of 20 participants on each boat hopefully hit the water at exactly the same time!

“People who never thought of themselves as athletes always participate,” explained Moorman. “Last year, our youngest team members were age 12, and our oldest was 90!

“Diverse groups participate in the ultimate “team sport” — having fun together but also sharing in a cause to raise funds to support one of their local nonprofits like Fishes and Loaves, Heartworks, Journey of Hope, Pamlico County Community Foundation, Hope Family Resource Center, and our Wounded Warriors,” added Moorman.

For more information, e-mail: Next week, the County Compass will provide an update on all teams that have registered thus far.


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