POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center is preparing for one of its biggest events of the year – the Third Annual Dragon Boat Festival.
The festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 26 on the lake at Krodel Park but now is the time when team members are signing up to participate.
The boats, which are 40-feet long, are brought from Montreal, Canada and raced on the lake. Last year’s winner was the team from Ohio Valley Bank.
It takes 21 people to fill a boat, including rowers and one drummer, and the museum is currently compiling a list of teams who wish to participate. In the past, many corporate teams have signed up to sponsor a boat and filled it with their own team.
Those interested in signing up to sponsor a boat, or those interested in volunteering to be placed on a team, should call the river museum at 304-674-0144 and be placed on a list. It is a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner a person calls, the better chance to get to row, or drum, that day.
There will be awards given out to first, second and third place teams. In addition, there will be concessions, inflatables, games and lunch hour entertainment at this family-friendly event.
This Sunday at the river museum, the late Roger Lee’s birthday will be remembered by offering free admission into the museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Staff at the museum say they hope those who knew Lee and those who would like to tour the museum will come have birthday cake in celebration of what would’ve been Lee’s 82nd birthday. This will also be an opportunity to learn more about the dragon boat races for those who want to drop by.
More on the dragon boat festival in an upcoming edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
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