Dragon boat race set for Saturday in Guntersville

Dragon boat race set for Saturday in Guntersville

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Dragon boats arrived Thursday in Guntersville and they'll be used this weekend as a major fundraiser to aid Habitat For Humanity Marshall County.

Habitat officials say it's about having fun but more importantly, it's about helping people in need.

Four dragon boats arrived in Guntersville from Knoxville, Tennessee that will be used for the races this Saturday morning.

Sixteen teams from various businesses, churches,and other nonprofits will be competing in the race at Civitan Park.

Officials say what makes this unique is there's a drummer which helps synchronize the 20 paddlers on board in a team building effort.

Habitat officials say it's the sixth year for the event and is their biggest fundraiser, which aids a great cause of volunteer house building for those in need.

"We're in the middle of a build. We're building a house right now in Boaz. There's a nice family that's going to get that house when we finish it hopefully this fall," said Chad Hallcox, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Marshall County.

Opening ceremonies being at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Racing starts at 9 a.m. and the best part of it all is the public is invited to come out and it's absolutely free.

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