POINT PLEASANT — The lake at Krodel Park came alive Saturday, as the inaugural Dragon Boat Festival got into full swing with boat races, spectators, vendors and awards.
The event, the first of its kind in Point Pleasant, was held as a fundraiser for Point Pleasant River Museum. Museum director Jack Fowler said he was very pleased with the way things turned out.
“We felt really good about the event and the success,” said Fowler, “I’ve already had two companies contact me about sponsoring boats next year.”
The races ended with a photo finish between City Ice & Fuel’s team, the Dragon Slayers, who won with a time of 1.07.2 minutes, and AEP River Division’s Mighty Mariners at 1.07.68. Ingram Barge Company’s Misfits came in third, and the honorable mention for fourth place went to M&G Polymers’ River Warriors. Other teams participating were as follows: the Ohio Valley Bank Fury; City Ice & Fuel Twin River Dragons; Amherst-Madison Supply Long Oars; the People’s Bank Thundering Greeks (from Marshall University); Farmer’s Bank Dragon Boat Slayers.
Other awards were as follows: best team area, the Farmer’s Bank Dragon Boat Slayers; best-dressed drummer, Angie Linicome with the Twin River Dragons; most spirit, the OVB Fury.
Fowler said he was glad that the event showed such cooperation from the local community.
“I’m grateful for all the event volunteers, and the sponsors, AEP River Transportation, Amherst-Madison Supply, and Ingram Barge Company. I was impressed by the fact that there was no trash, no clean-up necessary after everybody left. It’s great that they think that much of the place.”
Fowler said that city employees — police chief Joe Veith, mayor Brian Billings, fire chief Jeremy Bryant— as well as the sheriff department and the state police, all helped things run smoothly on the day.
“They put the plan together for parking, etc., and it was flawless,” said Fowler.
“The thing that impressed me most was that people had smiles on their faces — they were enjoying themselves,” Fowler said.