Every year since 2013 Mayo Clinic Health System, along with The Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse, host the Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival. On Sunday, people had a chance to see what being on a dragon boat team was all about.
The "Try It Free" event provides everything needed to hop into a boat and start paddling. With an experienced racer leading the team it’s a great way to get your feet wet while getting some physical activity.
The event also helps prepare aspiring dragon boat racers for the festival in July, while instilling a love of the sport.
"What we’re trying to do too is to encourage people to get out and paddle," Six-year dragon boat paddler Carole Gibb describes.
"Not necessarily just dragon boating, which is what the try it nights are all about, but come out, get on the water, enjoy this fantastic area, enjoy the weather, have fun, meet new friends," Gibb concludes.
Sunday was the only "Try It Free" night, but if you’re interested in getting out on the water, the La Crosse Paddling Club holds open paddle nights at the Clinton Street Boat landing on the second and fourth Sunday of every month.
The Sixth Annual Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, July 21 in La Crosse’s Copeland Park.