VIDEO: Dragon Boat Festival Set For June 13 In Cocoa
By Space Coast Daily // June 8, 2015
Profits from the first annual Dragon Boat races will go to the 'Annie and Kids Foundation'
ABOVE VIDEO: Created in 1971, “Annie” the river dragon, has captured the hearts of residents and visitors alike. The unique property coupled with a unique 65 foot long dragon, makes dragon point a one of a kind. Over the recent years, the dragon has collapsed and fell into serious disrepair. However, the tide has turned and the new dragon is on its way home.
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Individuals and teams will converge on June 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverfront Park in Cocoa for the inaugural Save Dragon Point Dragon Boat Festival.
Dragon Boat Racing is great fun for anyone, young or old.
This local event will attract primarily co-ed teams from corporations, public service groups, small businesses, high schools, colleges and universities.
It is also expected that a handful of dragon boat “club” teams will travel to Riverfront Park for the weekend to participate from the surrounding states.
“The festivities will begin Friday, June 12 in Riverfront Park with food trucks and activities for all ages. Save Dragon Point will be hosting a concert at the conclusion of Saturdays events. What greater way to honor Brevard’s famous dragon, Annie and her kids, then having the first Annual Dragon boat races on the waters where she once stood proud guarding the waterways” said Peter Moolhuizen, President of Save Dragon Point.
There are now over 70 communities hosting Dragon Boat Festivals in the U.S. alone, and over 60 million participants worldwide.
Entering your own dragon boat team in the races is easy.
Paddles, life vests, boats, and steerspersons will be provided as well as one training session in advance of the event.
Each team just has to provide 20 paddlers; a minimum of eight must be female, and a drummer.
On race day each team will race in three heats on a 250 meter straight course.
Save Dragon Point Inc. (SDP) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and is dedicated to bringing back the iconic “Annie and kids” back to Brevard.
Save Dragon Point is also working with the Brevard school board setting up “Annie and Kids Foundation” for the arts that teachers will be able to receive grants for supplies.
Profits from the Dragon Boat races will go to the “Annie and Kids Foundation” also a certain percentage of proceeds will also go to a few local nonprofits; these organizations are to be announced at the event.
If you’re interested in entering your own Dragon Boat team, click here.
If interested in being a sponsor or vendor contact Peter Moolhuizen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321-458-3515