By Rosli Abidin Yahya
Local participants and spectators are expected to participate or witness the Lawas Regatta 2007 on August 17 to 19 with organisers lining up a horde of activities on land, river and sky in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and the nation's 50th Merdeka Day celebrations.
A crowd of over 30,000 are expected in Lawas surpassing the numbers in previous years for the event that will also mark the 45th Anniversary of Independence for the district.
There will be buffalo races, top spinning competitions and concerts, with the regatta to be held along Lawas River and paragliding shows on air in a carnival-like atmosphere.
Besides the regatta and traditional games, there will also be cultural stage performances and competitions which are the part-and-parcel of the celebrations with participants coming from Brunei Darussalam, Labuan, Limbang, Beaufort, Sipitang and other places.
The buffalo races conducted over the last decade are a tradition of Lawas, as are the stamina-sapping Lawas Regatta races.
Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin