Back for the third year, the annual South Lake County Dragon Boat festival is coming to Lake Minneola’s Waterfront Park in Clermont, FL on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 9am-4pm.
Regional and local teams will come together to compete against each other in a series of vigorous races. Spectators are encouraged to come out to the event and enjoy Florida weather, music, and food throughout the day – don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
The South Lake County Dragon Boating festival focuses on community involvement and charitable giving through fundraising and is managed by High Five Dragon Boat, LLC. All proceeds from the festival will be used to help the local homeless through New Beginnings, a 501(c)(3) not for profit that plans to build 100 affordable rental apartments to meet the growing need for the local hard working families.
A bit on history
With a history of more than 2,500 years, the sport of dragon boating originated in ancient China. The legends of warring states, radical politics, fierce loyalty and passion written poetically by one man – Qu Yuan.
However, very few elements remain about this ancient tale in modern day dragon boating. It has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport, bringing millions together across the globe annually.
Festivals with traditional Asian flare and culture are commonplace alongside a dragon boat race and has become an extremely popular vehicle for fundraising and a tool for corporate team-building, bringing life to local communities and their waterfront areas.
How does it work?
Teams are formed with 18-25 people from all walks of life, consisting of paddlers, a drummer, and a steersperson.
20 paddlers are seated in 10 rows of 2 with a drummer sitting in the bow, facing the paddlers and a steersperson (provided by the festival) stands in the stern of the boat, keeping the team and boat on a straight path with a 9-foot oar. The paddler’s job is to paddle in unison with the entire team following the beat of the drum, white the drummer’s job is to keep that steady beat going while motivating their team to the finish line.
Interested in registering your own team? Click here.
There are multiple registration categories and racing classes. All necessary equipment is provided for during the event to race.
Interested in participating but can’t find enough people to form a full team? No worries. You can individually register and you’ll be grouped together with other solo paddlers to form a team, or you’ll join an existing team that needs an extra paddler or two to compete.
With that being said, come out on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 9am-4pm for some fun in the sun.
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