Dragon Boat races
The Rotary Club of Shreveport is calling for team entries to compete in dragon boat races on the Red River — the main attraction of the club’s annual Red River Dragon Boat Festival. Deadline for team entries is Aug. 15.
The festival will feature races with 41-foot-long dragon boats that hold 21 team members who will paddle to the finish line. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Event proceeds will be used to fund projects in the local community in the areas of education, social services and community development. Proceeds from the 2013 Festival were recently awarded to Volunteers for Youth Justice, Martin Luther King Health Center, The Fuller Center for Housing, Shreve Island Elementary School, Caddo Career & Technology Center Foundation and Northwest Louisiana Food Bank.
“We hear from so many in our community that they look forward to this unique event each year,” said Scott Wysong, event chair. “We have racers returning each year, including out-of-town teams from Lafayette, Austin and Houston.”
The festival is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13; all teams will meet below RiverView Park’s Rose Plaza’s steel roses in downtown Shreveport. Registered teams will have the opportunity to schedule on-the-water training and practice times the week prior to the races.
According to Wysong, prior dragon boat racing experience and equipment are not necessary. Dragon boats, life jackets, coaches and safety personnel will all be provided by the festival.
The race is open to 35 teams comprising a minimum of 21 members each. The entry fee is $900 a team. Team entry deadline is Aug. 15. For team registration, waivers, sponsorship opportunities and more information, contact the Rotary Club of Shreveport at 318.221.3053 or visit www.redriverdragonboat.org.
Teams will receive event T-shirts, a 10’ X 20’ team tent, individual medals for winning team members and a team award for the winning teams.
Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to the banks of the Red River to enjoy the event.