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Dragon boats coming to Concord

Weekend on the Water will be held Sept. 7 and 8 at Kiwanis Riverfront Park in Concord. The event will feature dragon boat racing, along with many other family activities. Laura Bryant, recreation supervisor at the Concord Parks & Recreation Department, told us more:

What is a dragon boat?

Dragon boat racing is an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers that has been held over the past 2,000 years throughout southern China. Though dragon boat racing was originally based in religious ceremonies and folk customs, it has since emerged as an international sport. A dragon boat team consists of 22 people: 20 paddlers, one drummer and one helmsman.

Who will get to participate in the races?

Participants include anyone 16 and older that registers. To register, visit tinyurl.com/llwzwvd. 22 Dragons of Montreal will bring the boats.

What time is the event and is there a cost?

The dragon boat races will be held Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (give or take depending on the number of teams) and costs $1,050 for a team and $60 for an individual. If you wish to register as an individual, you will be entered onto one of the two Concord Parks & Recreation teams.

What does the money go toward?

All proceeds benefit the new multipurpose building at White Park.

What other activities will be happening during the weekend?

In addition to the dragon boat races, there will be a Maddog Fitness Challenge, Capital Cup Craft Beer Festival, duck races, live music and food vendors.

The Rotary Club of Concord will sponsor narrated tours of the city on Saturday aboard one of the Super Duck Boats from Boston. The cost is $5 and toddlers on parents knees will be free. Tickets are available online at tinyurl.com/o4lfdut.

Noelle Stokes

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