If anyone was in Downtown Memphis on Saturday, you may have noticed the 15,000 people on Mud Island. They all came together for the 2nd annual Duncan Williams Dragon Boat Races. Dragon boats are similar to a canoe, except they are 46 feet long, shallower, and thinner. They take a team of 20 paddlers, plus a drummer, to row. This is our second year participating in the races, and we were excited to be able to row two boats this year. Alongside entering the race, Huey’s is also a proud sponsor of the event.
Overall, our two teams placed 25th and 32nd in the races, out of 44 total teams. We also won first place in the Restaurant Division. Congrats to all of our team members!
This event raises money for the Tennessee Clean Water Network, a non-profit organization based out of Knoxville. It’s mission is to “empower Tennesseans to exercise their right to clean water and healthy communities by fostering civic engagement, building partnerships and advancing and when necessary, enforcing water policy for a sustainable future.” In fact, the organization just sponsored a clean-up day of the Mississippi River front in Downtown Memphis the week before the race, which included cleaning the sewers. This year the races raised a combined $10,000 for the organization. How great!
For more information on Tennessee Clean Water Network, visit their website. For more pictures from the races, visit our Facebook page or Pinterest Boards. For more information regarding the races, visit the event website. We encourage everyone to enter a boat next year. It’s great fun, and our team welcomes more challenge!