Chinese boat races postponed

Boat races scheduled for Saturday’s Kansas City Dragon Boat Festival at Brush Creek on the Country Club Plaza have been postponed.

Although there will be no races, the festival will go on. The races are postponed because of rainfall-induced water quality issues.

“If there’s too much runoff in Brush Creek, then the water quality drops below what’s acceptable, and we have to postpone (the races),” said Kile Morrison, the festival chairman.

The festival and races were postponed in June because of the same problem.

Other entertainments and attractions at the fourth annual festival celebrating Chinese culture are to go on as scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wyandotte Street and Ward Parkway.

Morrison is working with Kansas City Parks and Recreation to reschedule the dragon boat races on a Saturday in August.

“I’ve just got to get with the (boat racing) teams and see what impact this (postponement) has on them,” Morrison said. “I’m afraid I’m going to lose a team or two, but we’ll do what we can.”