POINT PLEASANT —The day of dragon boat races at Krodel Park fast approaches, and space on the boats is limited.
The Dragon Boat Festival, organized by the Point Pleasant River Museum is slated for Saturday, September 28 at Krodel Park Lake. Dragon Boat Races are the main event; 22 team-members will paddle the boats up and down the lake in heats of two. The museum is accepting team entries from local businesses, organizations, and community groups.
“With the help of 22 Dragons of Montreal, this benefit festival will help us all to celebrate everything we love about life on the water,” said Jack Fowler, museum director.
The Canadian company 22 Dragons, Fowler said, will provide all of the necessary equipment. Fowler added that be security boats on the water and EMS personnel will be present in case of any emergency. Each dragon boat will be outfitted with paddles, and life-preservers.
Fowler said that each 40 -foot boat will contain 21 team members, with ten members paddling on each side, and a drummer at the front to help keep the rhythm going. The 22nd member of theteam is a highly trained dragon boat pilot whose role is to guide the others.
“The people in your canoe are those you selected, employees, family members or just friends,” said Fowler. “With the race beginning September 28, we would need to have your roster of team members by Monday, September 23.”
Fowler said that he has heard from people who want to participate as individuals, “So if some of the teams need a paddler or two, we can help fill out their boat.”
Other events and attractions at the festival will include some RiverWorks Discovery exhibits, kids’ inflatables and Bungee Bounce, and various activities. Teams will have an area at the park for your team to set up a tent or canopy to serve as a base of operation. Teams can feel free to decorate, fly a flag, have games or play music. Breakfast will be available as well as a large menu of food items, soups, baked goods, soft drinks and ice cream.
The Point Pleasant River Museum is looking for boat sponsors as well as team members. Those interested in becoming part of a racing team should call the museum at (304) 674-0144 for more information or to sign up. The museum staff will work with teams of any size, as well as individuals, to help fill boats. The boats will arrive Sunday and be on the lake Monday, September 23. They will be available for familiarization and practice sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening.