Teams gather to practice for Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival in Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Teams of the Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival took to the water Wednesday to practice.

The Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival takes place this Saturday at 9 a.m. Half Moon Beach in Eau Claire. The event raises awareness of hospice care in the community. The teams are competing over a 250- meter course with each race taking less than two minutes.

Organizers say they are busy making the beach ready and doing final preparations for the big day.

“We have 46 teams signed up, so nearly 1,000 rowers, and we are expecting 4,000 to 5,000 spectators. We have a tremendous line up that day with activities for all ages, kids, some great food vendors as well, really expecting it to be a fantastic day for the community,” said Sara Carstens.

WEAU has a team and will be participating in the Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday.

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