Wooton Park will be filled with the steady drumbeat of competition as brightly colored boats take to the water in Lake Dora on March 9 during DragonFest. Painted to represent Chinese dragons, the boats, filled with teams of 10 or 20 paddlers and a drummer, then sprint across the water to the finish line.
The event’s organizer, Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle, is expecting 20 teams drawn from clubs, community organizations, law enforcement and corporations. Paddlers range from all skill levels and include ages ranging from senior citizens to high school students.
DragonFest races begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day. A craft and vendor fair opens at 9:30 a.m. and a classic car show opens at 10 a.m. The Chauffeurs, a 50’s & 60’s dance music band, will perform at 11 a.m. and the Copper Canyon Renegades will take the stage at 2 p.m. The festival will conclude with a concert by nationally known country music artists Parmalee starting at 7pm.
Dragon Boat racing originated in China more than 2,300 years ago. The first modern Dragon Boat race was held in Hong Kong in 1976 with races debuting in the U.S. in the 1980’s. Now more than 100 cities hold races domestically, with over two million people participating in races worldwide.
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