Dragon boats to compete on Shenandoah River

The first dragon boat race in Front Royal history is coming to the Shenandoah River to raise funds for the local animal shelter.

Dragon boat racing will be making its debut in the Shenandoah Valley on Aug. 23 with Waggin’ For Dragons at the Front Royal Golf Club boat landing.

Teams from all across the area will be coming together to compete in a 250-meter race on the Shenandoah River. Led by a rhythmic beat of a drum, 20 paddlers will navigate the river in 40-foot canoes rigged with Chinese dragon heads and tails.

“We wanted to bring something new to Front Royal, something positive for the community and beneficial to the local economy that will also raise much needed funds for the homeless animals in our care,” executive director of the Humane Society of Warren County Lavenda Denney stated in a news release.

The registration fee is $100 per paddler/$2,000 per boat with teams receiving a personalized team fundraising site to raise additional funds. The team that raises the most money will receive special recognition at the event.

“The success of this single event can help us reach our goal of saving more lives and ending unnecessary euthanasia in our community,” Denney stated. “Our goal is to raise $48,000 during our first year by having 24 boats. In the future, we hope Waggin’ for Dragons becomes one of the largest outdoor events in our area.”

For more information about Waggin’ for Dragons, title sponsorship, or to register a team, visit www.wagginfordragons.com