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Dragon boat races, fireworks highlight Chatan festival

By: Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2008-07-25

Sunset Beach is the venue for the 22nd Chatan Sea Port Carnival this weekend, a two-day run with everything from a tug-of-war to dragon boat races to live music.

And donít forget the fireworks! Fireworks will cap festivities on both Saturday and Sunday at 8:45 p.m. The popular event at Sunset Beach is expected to attract thousands of participants, as entry is free. The fun begins Saturday at 2 p.m. with a tug-of-war on the beach, followed by live music on Nirai stage.

The 5th Indies music contest takes place at 4:30 p.m., prior to the official opening ceremonies. An Indies music contest continues at 6 p.m., along with live music.

Sunday opens with the childrenís haarii and adult haarii, the dragon boat races, at 10 a.m. A raft hurdle race follows at noon, and sports oriented attendees can join in a soccer kick target event at 3:30 p.m. The local womenís union performs Eisa at 5:30 p.m., at one beach location, while a youth Eisa group performs at another.

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