NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

Coastal Carolina Riverwatch will hold the annual Trent-Neuse River Dragon Boat race in New Bern on Saturday.

The dragon boat race is a fundraiser to help spread awareness for Coastal Carolina Riverwatch. The group works to restore and protect the rivers, creeks, streams, wetlands and communities throughout eastern North Carolina

The races will take place at Union Point Park in New Bern, where the Trent and Neuse Rivers meet. The event starts at 9 a.m.

Diane Baldwin, the event organizer, said 16 teams are signed up so far.

“You just paddle to the beat of the drum. It's not about power or how big your muscles are, it's about synchronization of the team,” Baldwin said.

"I am very excited about sponsoring this event", said Rick Dove, President of Coastal Carolina Riverwatch. "Promoting an activity like this on the Neuse and Trent Rivers is good for the rivers and good for the community. These waters belong to us. As we are working hard protecting them, we should enjoy all they have to offer.  It's valuable property -- an inheritance to be passed on to our children."

NewsChannel 12 meteorologist Les Still will be emceeing the event.