Helms College Students Participate in 5th Annual GoodBoats Festival

2016 Goodboats FestivalThe 5th annual GoodBoats for Goodwill dragon boat race and cultural festival took place on May 7 at Lake Olmstead Park in Augusta GA. With more 25 paddling teams, 125 volunteers and 50 vendors, the event brought in more than 3,000 people from the surrounding community. The proceeds of this annual event benefit Helms College. Not only is this event fun, it also gives a glimpse into history.

The GoodBoats festival is centered around the ancient sport of dragon boat racing, which dates back more than 2,000 years to ancient China. Dragon boat racing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States.

2016 Goodboats FestivalDragon boats are similar to those raced more than 2,000 years ago. Crews consisted of 10 paddlers, one drummer and one steer-person. Teams race in a sprint along a straight course on Lake Olmstead.

Many members of the faculty, staff and students from  the Augusta School of Hospitality competed in the event and served food at a vendor booth. The competitive racing was combined with an Asian cultural arts festival at Lake Olmstead Park.

2016 Goodboats FestivalHaving the opportunity to participate in this unique festival was a thrill for Helms College students and staff alike. This participation also provided exposure to will help affirm the presence of Helms College within the community.

2016 Goodboats Festival

Students at Helms College are given many opportunities for community involvement through our “hands-on” approach to learning while they attend Helms.  Occasions such as the GoodBoats festival give our students a chance to put the skills they are learning at Helms into the context of off-campus events, and this broadens their horizons in the culinary field by learning about diverse cultures and their varied cuisine.

Helms CollegeIf you would like to learn more about Helms College and the many ways our programs can provide an enriching experience and open the door to a new career path within the various genres of culinary arts, contact our admissions office today. You can contact our Macon, GA campus at (478) 471-4834 or our Augusta, GA campus at (706) 651-9707, call 1-844-GO HELMS, or email admissions@helms.edu

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