Dragon boats, festival along Great Miami River in Hamilton celebrate Asian culture
For Butler County Connect
Anyone who has ever wanted to paddle down the Great Miami River in a boat full of friends may now do so — even with no experience.
Hamilton Dragon Boat Festival organizers are inviting sponsors of the event to race during the event Aug. 18 on the Great Miami River in the downtown Hamilton area. Sponsors are invited to gather 20 friends and colleagues to fill a boat that will be led by the coaches and steerers with the Great Miami Rowing Center.
Coached practices are offered to those who decide to fill a boat.
Event sponsors who don’t wish to get in the water are still invited to recruit folks to help fill a boat. Anyone who participates may rest assured local firefighters will be on hand in the water, and the proper safety equipment will be provided.
Races are two minutes and stretch 300 meters.
Locals are encouraged to watch the head-to-head dragon boat races on the river and also learn about Asian culture, which the day’s events celebrate. There will be activities, food, an education village and water recreation as part of the festival at the RiversEdge Amphitheater.
Dragon boats have origins in China dating back 2,500 years. Boats are adorned with a dragon’s head and tail. While moving, the pace is set by the boat’s drummer and commands yelled out by steerers.
The Hamilton Dragon Boat Festival kicks off at 8 a.m. Aug. 18 and is free and open to the public.
Editor’s note: Butler County Connect is a sponsor of this festival for 2018.
HOW TO GO
What: Third annual Hamilton Dragon Boat Festival
Where: Great Miami River in downtown Hamilton and RiversEdge
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18