EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDragon Boats Race In Point Pleasant
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 27, 2013 3:39 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 28, 2013 11:19 PM EDT
Point Pleasant , Mason County , West Virginia
Dragons were flying on the water at Krodel Park in Point Pleasant Saturday.
40 foot canoes, 20 paddlers and a little rhythm could be found at the Dragon Boat Festival
"It’s exciting,” Carla Irvin of Point Pleasant said. “It's really cool and fun to work and learn!"
The rowers were all part of a fundraiser for the Point Pleasant River Museum.
Each team's employer entered them into the competition.
The rowers were far from pros, they were bankers, utility workers and river workers
It was a serious competition, with cheering from folks of all ages.
It was fun to watch and fun to compete, but for the rowers, it was also a bonding experience, working together to win at a sport, many here consider unusual.
The event was the first ever dragon boat race in West Virginia.
Point Pleasant is set to host its first ever Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday.
The event will feature dragon boats, 40-foot-long canoes with 20 paddlers and one steersman. Teams will race the boats on a 250 meter course on Krodel Park Lake.
Food and entertainment will also be offered.
The opening ceremony, featuring the American Legion and playing of the national anthem, is set for 9 a.m. The first race begins at 10:30 a.m. and the second is set to start at 3 p.m.
The event is being conducted by the Point Pleasant River Museum.
For more information, contact the museum at 304-674-0144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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