Paddling for A Purpose

April 2014
Written By: 
Lindsay Falberg
Photographs by: 
D. Glen McNeill

Ground Zero’s Dragon Boat Festival returns to The Market Common

Dragon boat racing has a rich Chinese history, going back thousands of years. The sport has been used in many different ways, from mock battle scenes for the military to religious practices and ceremonies. Today, the sport is growing rapidly due to its exciting pace and visual impact. Boats filled with 20 rowers and one drummer go head-to-head in the water, racing for first place.

Ground Zero, a non-profit organization, will be hosting its sixth annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, April 26, at The Market Common’s Grand Park. Over the last five years, the festival has grown considerably. The event now includes races between 60 teams with more than 1,200 paddlers and draws a crowd of more than 7,000 spectators.

The Dragon Boat Festival is Ground Zero’s biggest annual fundraiser, bringing in more than $100,000 for the ministry’s general budget. The event starts at 8 a.m. and includes the races, entertainment, a food and beverage cart and a Family Fun Zone

The mission of Ground Zero is to provide ministry and guidance to teenagers through strong relationships and church-related events, with core values including unity, relevance and excellence.


Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, April 26
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grand Park, The Market Common
Myrtle Beach
For more information, please visit or call (843) 497-0580.