Waterfest Festival scheduled for August 15
A highlight of the Waterfest’s activities will be the dragon boat races. Staged in the old Cornwall canal, twenty paddlers, along with a ceremonial drummer, move in … pg. 11
The world's fastest growing water sport is also the most exciting and will be coming to Cornwall this summer. A group of local volunteers have put together what promises to be an exciting weekend called Waterfest, running August 13-15! A highlight of the Waterfest’s activities will be the dragon boat races. Staged in the old Cornwall canal, twenty paddlers, along with a ceremonial drummer, move in unison in a boat whose elaborate design originates in ancient China. Dragon boat racing is a great team sport for men and women of all ages and abilities. Each team gets one practice run and 3 races on a 250 to 400 metre course. Fastest times will compete in finals.
Anyone can do it and have fun! It’s a fun and exciting event, perfect for team building or family and friends states Patrick Clarke, chair of Waterfest. The committee also has other exciting things happening over the 3-day weekend, including a parade of boats Saturday evening. Decorated boats will be leaving Grey’s Creek and will travel west to the RCAF wing. On Sunday there will be a water run, which is a 5k run around Lamoureux park. There are several locations where you have to cross water or you would have to go around adding an extra 1.5k run to your total. For those who prefer a less strenuous activity there will be a fun Tubie Race in the canal where participants will go round markers several times paddling backwards with their hands and feet. Plans are also underway for a Bath Tub Derby race in the canal on Saturday afternoon.
One of the highlights of the festival is sure to be the dragon egg drop happening on Sunday, August 15 at 1: 00 pm. The plan is to drop 1,000 dragon eggs ( floating golf balls) from the Seaway International Bridge into the canal. Tickets for the dragon eggs will be available by June 25 at Scotiabank on Brookdale Avenue. Dragon eggs are $ 10 each with a total of only 1,000 eggs to be sold. The 1st prize is $ 1,000, 2nd prize $ 500 and the 3rd prize is $ 250. The committee was very happy to have Rick Saaltink from the Seaway International Bridge Authority assisting with the ball drop.
The Waterfest committee has chosen the local chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation as its benefactor for their event. “ We’re grateful to be selected as the charity of choice, the nature of Waterfest blends wonderfully into what the Foundation is all about,” declares area manager, Cindy Rowe. “ Physical activity can be a lifesaver - literally. When you're physically active, you can dramatically lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Not only that, more activity can reduce stress levels, increase energy and improve your overall health”.
Registration is now open for the dragon boat race and space is limited to 32 teams. So if you want to join the fun, register now and don’t miss the boat! There is an early registration deadline in which participants receive a discount. “ We are hoping the community comes out and supports this new exciting event,” says Clarke. Registration packages are available at Seaway Valley Tourism, local gyms or on the website at www. cornwallwaterfest. com. The committee is also looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping out with the event. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Heart & Stroke Foundation at 613-933-8933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.