The Dragon Boat Races in Texarkana will be held on Bringle Lake.
This family-friendly event will include local and regional teams coming together to race against each other in a series of heats. The event will be on May 18, 2019, with races beginning at 9:00 am and concluding at approximately 4:00 pm. Spectators are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities. Food vendors and music will keep the event lively for all throughout the day.
Teams are formed with 18-25 people from all walks of life. Any age, size, ability and gender can learn to paddle on a dragon boat team. 20 paddlers are seated in 10 rows of 2 with a drummer sitting in the bow, facing the paddlers. The paddler's job is to paddle in unison with the entire team. The drummer's job is to beat the drum in sync with the paddlers and to motivate their team to the finish line. A steer person stands in the stern of the boat, guiding the boat straight down the race course with a 9 -foot oar.
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