JAMESTOWN – For the first time in its history, a dragon will make its way down the Chadakoin River.
On June 17, members of the Pan American Dragon Boat Association will transport a boat to Chautauqua County to allow residents, and representatives of local businesses and nonprofit organizations to try their hand at paddling the boat in the river.
Often dubbed ‘a canoe on steroids’ a dragon boat measures 42 feet long and features a traditional dragonhead and tail. The boat can seat up to 20 paddlers with one drummer and one steerperson.
The dragon boat demonstration is scheduled for June 17 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at McCrea Point Park, located on Jones and Gifford Avenue. Spectators of all ages are welcome however paddlers must be at least 14 years old.
The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has graciously offered to be the contact organization for individuals and businesses looking for more information on the demonstration. The foundation can be reached by phone at (716)661-3392.
For more information on dragon boat racing and the Pan American Dragon Boat Association visit panamdragonboat.com.