Restored dragon boat coming to Skaha Lake

A Shuswap group has restored a classic dragon boat that participated in Expo 86

There will be a special visitor in Penticton next weekend for the annual Dragon Boat Festival.

A beautifully restored teak dragon boat from Hong Kong, which originally participated in the races at the 1986 Expo in Vancouver, will be in the waters of Skaha Lake on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.

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This is a great opportunity for paddlers and members of the general public who would like a chance not only to come and see it but go out on Skaha Lake for a paddle.

The boat holds 18 people, plus drummer and steersperson. It was restored in the Salmon Arm and is in the care of the Shuswap Association for Rowing and Paddling.

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The boat will also be on display during the Penticton Dragon Boat Festival, Sept. 9, 10 in Skaha Lake Park. One of the most popular Dragon Boat Festivals in the province, this year, another 84 teams have signed up to race. Over 2,500 athletes and their support crews will be participating.