Dragon Boat Race and Festival coming to Montgomery

Dragons are coming! the City of Montgomery is gearing up for Alabama's first ever Dragon Boat Race and Festival.

Dragon boats are about 40-feet long.  They carry 20 paddlers plus a drummer and a helmsman.

Mark your calendar.  August 28th, the dragon boats will be provided, so will some training, for teams to take part in three races and benefit two local charities - Bridge Builders and Rebuilding Together.

It's not just a race, it's a festival. Organizers say there will be several exhibitors set up along the riverwalk with inflatables for children and food and drinks.

You do have to register ahead of time at www.montgomerydragonboat.org.  That deadline is august 14th.  There is a registration fee, $2,500 for a team of 25. That includes the boat and at least 2 practice sessions with professional coaches in the week leading up to the race.