Mythical creatures will be brought to life as dragons surge through the waters of Lake Dora and leave quite a wake in the process. Okay, not really. We’re actually referring to boats that bear a striking resemblance to dragons.
The Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle proudly presents the 12th annual Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival, which will be held April 4–5 at Wooton Park in Tavares. The event features action-packed, highly competitive races on boats with 20 paddlers, a drummer who yells instructions to the team, and a steersperson at the back of the boat. The boats feature a dragon’s head at the bow, tail at the stern, and scales painted along the sides. This type of racing is a team sport that requires power and precision as paddlers use oars to pull through the water in unison. For more information, visit cfdragonboat.org
Dragon boat racing originated in China more than 2,300 years ago. The sport made its debut in the U.S. in the early 1980s, and today, more than 100 cities host dragon boat races.