MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Saturday, The Annual Dragon Boat Festival return to the common area of the market. The Dragon Boat Festival is a fundraiser for the non-profit group, Ground Zero Ministries.
This is the 14th festival, but the first year it has been held in person since 2019. People who took part in the race were thrilled to see it return.
“We missed it for 2 years. It’s always great,” said Cheryl Savage, a rower who competed in the race.
Nearly 50 organizations signed up as teams to race, with News13’s team name being “WBTW StormTrackers”. People were able to donate money for the team they wanted to win. All the money went to Ground Zero. There were local vendors and family activities like free kayaking and inflatable slides. The festival was from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s a long day but it’s worth it. It’s fun, it’s fun,” said Robert Vance, a runner’s husband.
The festival is an opportunity to unite the community and raise funds for a group that focuses on youth healing.
“Well, that definitely tells you what the community is concerned about. Many of them may not know what it is, but most of them do. It’s great to see this big crowd coming out to support Ground Zero, which is caring for a lot of young people here in town,” Vance said.
The in-person festival caught the eye of a new business in Myrtle Beach, The Hang Out.
“It looks really fun,” said Evan Bosworth, with The Hang Out. “We are already hooked. We will be here next year,” said Isaiah Marr, with The Hang Out.
The WBTW StormTrackers did not reach the final.