Dragon Boat Festival takes to the Connecticut River

June 26, 2019 | Sarah Heinonen

The t-shirt design for the Dragon Rays, one of five cancer survivor teams to participate.
Reminder Publishing photo by Sarah Heinonen.

SPRINGFIELD – Twenty-eight teams came out on June 22 to slice their way through the waters of the Connecticut River at the 7th Annual Springfield Dragon Boat Festival. A dragon boat, a long, sleek style of canoe, has benches for twenty paddlers plus a person in the back to control the rutter. The paddling is kept in time by a drummer who perches above the boat at the bow.

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