I have been asked by the organizer of this event in the Hudson River Valley to help put the word out there. Since we have several members from the Poughkeepsie, NY area where this race is to occur, I am posting it here, if you would like to cross this off your bucketlist or have never thought of even doing a Dragon Race, and would like to host please let me know.
In addition the organizer of the event: Peter Van Aken can be contacted via the info below to be posted.
Welcome to the first-ever DUTCHESS DRAGON BOAT RACE and FESTIVAL, in Poughkeepsie in the Hudson river valley. While the fun and beginner friendly races are taking place, there will be an Asian Cultural Festival on shore, with dance, music, performances of games, and food.
This is for all ages, men and women, teenagers, beginners, and spectators of all ages can enjoy a day of friendly competition with some easy exercise, a chance to be with your friends, paddling together; and a visit to the day-long Asian Cultural Festival on the waterfront- which will include games for the children, food and drink, souvenirs, dancing, and a chance to experience something new, colorful, and different!
All proceeds after expenses benefit two local non-profits: Arts Mid-Hudson and Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
Proceeds after expenses benefit Miles of Hope BCF and Arts Mid-Hudson.
What is a Dragon Boat?
A 40 foot long “canoe”, 4 feet wide, made of fiberglass, with a carved painted Dragon head on the front, a wooden tail on the back, and the hull of the boat is painted with Dragon scales. The paddles used by the participants symbolically represent the claws of a Dragon. Boats can hold up to 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerer.
Each team for our festival consists of 16 seated paddlers, side by side, eight rows deep, holding a single blade fiberglass or wooden paddle over their side of the boat; a drummer, seated facing the paddlers, who rhythmically bangs on a wooden drum and shouts out encouragement and rhythm to the paddlers; and a steerer, supplied by the organizers, who stands in the back, facing in the direction of the race, and guides the boat straight down the course with a single wooden rudder.
For more information about this event contact:
Peter Van Aken
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