Individuals and teams from the surrounding region will converge on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Beaver Fork Lake Park for the inaugural Conway Dragon Boat Festival. Through a partnership with High Five Dragon Boat, based in Tampa, Fla., the Junior Auxiliary of Conway is beginning their strategic efforts to create and recruit teams to participate in this one-of-a-kind event.
"The festival is a large scale effort to raise funds to support the mission of Junior Auxiliary of Conway, which is to render charitable assistance to youth in need in our area," said Jessica Clawson, president of Junior Auxiliary and chair of the Dragon Boat Festival committee. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are also available.
This event will attract primarily co-ed teams from corporations, public service groups, small businesses, high schools, colleges and universities. It is also anticipated that a handful of dragon boat "club" teams will travel to Conway for the weekend to participate from the surrounding states. There are now more than 70 communities hosting Dragon Boat festivals in the United States alone, and more than 60 million participants worldwide.
Entering your own dragon boat team in the races is easy! Paddles, life vests, boats, and steerspersons will be provided as well as one training session in advance of the event. Each team just has to provide 20 paddlers - a minimum of eight must be female - and a drummer. On race day each team will race in three heats on a 350-meter straight course.   
If you're interested in entering your own Dragon Boat team, visit for details, or contact Karen Fulmer at 501.351.3924.