It’s an annual traditional, boats that are twenty feet long, with a dragon head and tail, manned by 20 paddlers, racing on Jones Lake.
It’s the 14th year for the Dragon Boat Festival in Greater Moncton…
Co-Chair Norval McConnell says they have a record number of high school participants this year
“29 high school boats, the most we have ever had. The most we ever had before this was 21. Every high school in Anglophone East has at least one team, and we have two teams from Amherst High School coming. There are also 21 community/corporate boats of which three are Breast Cancer survivor boats, one from Moncton, another from Saint John and the third is coming all the way from New Glasgow.”
60 per cent of the money raised goes to the Lions Sick children’s fund and the remainder goes to a charity of the team’s choice..
If you’re wondering what these boats look like, McConnell says, “Twenty paddlers, a drummer, a steer’s person, and three of those boats racing for 300 metres. The boats are twenty feet long, with the tail of a dragon on one end, and they head of a dragon on the other.”
Boats will hit the water tomorrow afternoon, and paddling begins at 3. They’ll be back on the water on Saturday as well.
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