Here’s something new: A dragon boat festival

Dragons Alive offers interested folks an opportunity to paddle in a regular team practice on Tuesday evenings. Here, club members and newbies take to the Mohawk River in the Alplaus area.

Dragons Alive offers interested folks an opportunity to paddle in a regular team practice on Tuesday evenings. Here, club members and newbies take to the Mohawk River in the Alplaus area.

In preparation for the Capital Region’s first-ever dragon boat festival, novice paddlers gathered down by the river at Mohawk Valley Marine in Alplaus recently to try one of the fastest-growing water sports in the country.

The festival will be hosted by Dragons Alive, a dragon boating club that has been active in Alplaus since 2012. The festival, which will be held at Mohawk Valley Marine on Saturday, will feature dragon boat races, live entertainment, food and local craft vendors. To enter a boat in the festival, a team needs a $2,000 entry fee and at least 18 members.

From The Daily Gazette, here’s Sarah Roberts’ full story about the boats and the festival.