11th annual Dragon Boat Festival raises money for KARM

5:57 PM, Jun 22, 2013   |    comments
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Tens of thousands of spectators lined The Cove at Concord Park on Saturday to watch teams paddling through the water for a good cause.

An estimated forty-thousand people attended the 11th annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival.

Businesses throughout Knoxville participated in the event and said it's a fun time just to be able to give back in such a unique way.

During the event, teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerer race in 46-foot-long dragon boats.

"A lot of the teams that are out here, what we do is, if you can create a good event that is family-friendly, and get people an opportunity to enjoy, support a cause, and then the team-building and the camaraderie that goes on as each of the companies bring their own teams out here and hang out together for the day, it's just a home run all the way around," Burt Rosen, Knox Area Rescue Ministries President said.

In total, 62 teams participated in this year's festival.

KARM provides up to 1,000 daily meals at no charge and provides shelter for up to 400 people every day.








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