The annual Dragon Boat Festival took over Wascana Lake Saturday, for the 27th year in a row.

Sylvia Bowler and her team have been participating in the race for four years.

“A couple of us on the team said why don’t we do something fun for the long weekend,” Bowler said. “And we remember like years ago we were in a dragon boat team and we decided to try it out.”

They doesn’t usually finish first, but the team ‘At Least We Rowed Up’ is in it for the fun.

“It’s not about being athletic,” Barry Eisenzimmer, festival president, said. ‘It’s about being a great paddler. You come out, you have a lot of fun.”

The festival is open to all ages and skills sets, with fun and excitement on the lake, being the focus.

“Well we’ve always come in last, but we finished.” Bowler said. “At least we rowed up.”

This year, the festival featured 31 teams, but expect to see many more next year.

“We host the 2019 Canadian National Dragon Boat Championships,” Eisenzimmer said. “Probably looking at the number of 150 teams.”

For people looking for a day of athletic adventure, or light fun on the water with friends, organizers said dragon boat races made for an inclusive day on the lake, once again.

Based on a report by Bredan Ellis.