Get on the Boat!
Online registration is now open for the Sparta Education Foundation's Second Annual Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, May 15 at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Those who participated in last year's event know what an exciting day this is, and all the teams from 2015 as well as new teams are encouraged to join in on the fun. Register now at spartadragonboat.com where there are additional details about this fundraiser for Sparta's public schools. Only 50 teams can participate in 2016, so teams should get their deposit in as quickly as possible so they don't miss the boat.
The Dragon Boat Festival a perfect team-building opportunity for teams of 21 paddlers that can include friends, co-workers, neighbors, church members, sports teams, clubs or any group who would like to be part of this exhilarating event. All skill levels can participate, making it the ultimate team- building sport, requiring synchronicity and finesse more than power to win.
Dragon Boat Races are held in 46-foot long boats, and teams of 21 compete in 250 meter heats. A team is comprised of 20 paddlers and one drummer. Each team in this positive, adrenaline-filled activity must include at least eight females and can include no more than ten participants between the ages of 15-17. A steersman is provided by the Dragon Boat Festival director. Each team will be invited to an on-water practice session with a trained coach/steersperson prior to race day and compete in at least two heats on Sunday, May 15. Prizes will be awarded, but the real winners will be Sparta's students.
The Dragon Boat Festival coincides with Lake Mohawk Country Club's annual Tasting On the Boardwalk, a gathering of local restaurants offering gourmet samples for a small fee. In past years over a dozen restaurants from the area provided everything from sliders to cupcakes. Tasting OnThe Boardwalk is a delicious accompaniment to the Dragon Boat Festival.
Truly a unique event, Dragon Boat Race teams will raise money to help enrich the educational experience for students in our schools, and it is a spirited community day and great team competition. For more information about registering your team or volunteer opportunities, visit spartadragonboat.com or like the Facebook page at facebook.com/SpartaDragonBoatFestival.
The Sparta Education Foundation has awarded over $600,672 in grants to all five of Sparta's public schools since 2006. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to engage the entire community in philanthropic giving that strengthens the public schools, supports teachers, and inspires students. For more information about the Foundation, visit spartaeducationfoundation.org.