Dragon Boat Festival wraps up two-day event

Money raised goes to Mayo's Center for Breast Care

The Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival wrapped up its two-day event Saturday afternoon.

The Mayo Health System’s event on the Black River along Copeland Park featured dragon boat races between 40-plus teams with breast cancer survivors from the area.

The event aims to raise money for Mayo’s Center for Breast Care, as well as raise awareness for the disease.

Organizers say the event continues to grow, year after year.

“(There have been) Lots of team spirit. Lots of energy,”Heidi Odegaard, Mayo Clinic Health System’s community events coordinator, said. “It’s a really great event with a wellness background. Every year, the event grows and it gets bigger, and we’re honing in on our cause.”

This is the fourth year of the event.