Learn about Dragon Boat racing at library

Courtesy of Texas Dragon Boat Association

Have you been thinking about taking up a new sport and getting more physically fit? What about dragon-boat racing? Fort Bend County Libraries will present “The Art & Sport of Dragon-Boat Racing” on Saturday, September 22, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Large Meeting Room at the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.

A representative from the Texas Dragon Boat Association in Houston will provide an overview of the sport of dragon-boating and its long tradition in Chinese culture. Learn how you can become involved with an existing leisure team or with a more competitive traveling team based in Sugar Land or the Houston area. The presenter will also provide information on the Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta coming up in October at Brooks Lake on the Fluor Daniels Campus in Sugar Land.

Dragon-boat racing originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, possibly to honor an ancient warrior poet named Qu Yuan. The boats are typically 40 feet long, 4 feet wide, and can weigh up to 500 pounds. Each boat has an ornately carved dragon’s head at the bow and a tail at the stern, and dragon’s scales are painted on the hull. The paddles symbolically represent the dragon’s claws.

Rowing teams can range in size from 8-10 paddlers on a small boat to 50 or more paddlers on a large boat. The pageantry, the colors, and the mechanics of dragon-boating are steeped in the rich culture and tradition of China.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2900 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

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