Dragon Boats Will Race July 22

Benefits Habitat for Humanity

Individual and team registration is open for the annual Dragon Boat Race & Festival in Poughkeepsie, which will take place Saturday, July 22, at the Hudson River Rowing Association Dock. The event benefits Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County.

A dragon boat is a 40-foot-long canoe, 4 feet wide, made of fiberglass, with a carved painted dragon head on the front, a wooden tail on the back and the hull painted with dragon scales. The paddles represent the claws. Each boat holds 16 paddlers in eight rows.

The registration fee for each paddler is $55, which will include three or four races. See dutchessdragonboat.org. Admission to the riverside festival is free.

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