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Dragon race already a growing tradition

On Saturday at West Point Lake, hundreds of people participated in Dragon Boat races to support Harmony House Domestic Violence Shelter.

This was the second year of the event, so there were several teams making their second attempt at dragon boat racing. Many others had probably never even been inside a dragon boat before Saturday, but wanted to give it a chance as a way of supporting the community.

The sport is unique in the way it takes a real team effort to be successful. It’s a great bonding opportunity for businesses or groups, such as the LaGrange Police and Fire Department — which has finished in the top four each of the past two years.

Most importantly, it’s a way to raise money for Harmony House and the victims of domestic violence that could really use the support. Domestic violence is a problem everywhere, including right here in LaGrange.

We’re not sure yet of the total money raised by Harmony House, but based on the turnout, it should be a substantial donation. A total of 28 teams took part in Saturday’s races and countless others came out to support the racers, Harmony House and to have a good time.

In only two years, the Dragon Boat Race has already become a summer tradition. It’s clear the community really enjoys it, it fills a need and it’s a unique way to have fun here in LaGrange.

We’re already counting down the days to next year’s event.