Dragon Boat races, Daylily show, movie night and summer beach party
The sixth annual Lure of the Dragons Boat Races and Festival in Lake Lure is Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. in the area of Morse Park and the Broad River.
In a 30-foot dragon boat complete with head, tail and scales, teams of paddlers race 250 meters down the Rocky Broad River to the cadence of a pounding drummer seated at the back of each boat.
The Lure of the Dragons Boat Races and Festival combines a full day of fun, family entertainment and the joy of dragon boat racing with a mission to raise money for local area children's charities. The 2012 festival attracted 18 teams, 216 paddlers and more than 2,000 spectators. Since launching in 2007, the annual Lure of the Dragons Boat Race has raised over $24,000 for charities.
This year's recipients of the fund raising event are Camp Lurecrest and the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach Center.
The races and festival are free for all spectators. Racing teams are divided into six different divisions – Masters (50-years-old and older), Youth (ages 12-18), Premier, Community, Corporate, and Breast Cancer Survivor. Sixteen teams are registered for this year’s event.
Among the competing teams Diff'erent Strokes of Pinnacle Sotheby's Int'l Realty and Rumbling Bald Blur both from Lake Lure.
Other North Carolina teams are coming from Asheville, Morganton, Charlotte and Cornelius. From South Carolina teams are arriving from Pawley's Island and Charleston.
Races will be ongoing from 9:15 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. and a medal presentation will be at 5 p.m.
Daylily show competition; sale after the judging
GREEN HILL —The Foothills Daylily Society will host a daylily exhibition on Saturday, June 15 at Gardenwoods Landscape Accessories, Woodcraft, and Gifts, at 4250 US 64 -74 A Hwy near Green Hill. The show will be open to the public from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Daylilies in seven different categories will be on display. Winners in each category will be determined by outside judges. There is no admission charge for the show.
In addition to the flower show, the club is sponsoring a daylily plant sale with proceeds going to help support the Western North Carolina Daylily Club, which will be hosting the 2014 National Convention of the American Hemerocallis Society in Asheville.
Rumbling Bald planning summer party Saturday
LAKE LURE — Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure is kicking off its summer celebration Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with a beach celebration, cookout, beach bonfire with marshmallow roast, and a grand fireworks show at 9:20 p.m.
The "Summer Kickoff Celebration" is open to the public.
Free children's drop-in art workshop
RUTHERFORDTON— As part of downtown Rutherfordton's Shop& Play Promotion, there is a children's drop-in workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center on Main Street.
Free instruction and materials. Take own a creative birdhouse. Call 288-5009 for more information
Movie night in Chimney Rock
CHIMNEY ROCK —The Last of the Mohicans outdoor movie parking passes for Saturday, June 15 are on sale through Friday, June 14 only at Ingles Markets in Lake Lure for $9 per car. Gate opens 7:30 p.m. movie at 9 p.m. Come early for afternoon guided hikes to view filming locations and Daniel Day-Lewis' original costume on display.
Davis to sign books
FOREST CITY — Author Anita Price Davis will sign her newest book, Legandary Locls of Rutherford County, beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Rutherford County Library on Callahan Koon Road in Spindale.