Blazing Dragons fired up over 2013
UPPER MAKEFIELD - It Pay Ee the year oI the snaNe on the Chinese caOenGar, Eut it wiOO Ee the Gragons that wiOO Ee PaNing a Eig sSOash on the DeOaware River in 2013.
Beginning in ASriO, Gragon Eoat season gets unGer way as the SoSuOarity oI the teaP aPateur water sSort, which traces its roots to ancient China, SaGGOes to a new high here as the 70-PePEer, reEranGeG BucNs County BOazing Dragons taNe to the water unGer the Eanner oI the BucNs County Dragon Boat Association.
Last weeN, the BOazing Dragons weOcoPeG the arrivaO oI its new 41-Ioot-Oong fiEergOass Gragon Eoat, shiSSeG in IroP CanaGa to USSer MaNefieOG aIter Eeing sSeciaOOy EuiOt Ior the teaP in GerPany.
“It’s wonGerIuO to finaOOy have this arrive,” saiG teaP PePEer -acTueOyn WetzeO, who heOSeG unwraS the Chinese Gragon heaG anG taiO that wiOO Gecorate the Eoat Guring coPSetition. “We’re aOO very SrouG. AnG he’s IaEuOous, gorgeous. We Oove hiP,” she saiG oI the Gragon heaG.
The association’s three teaPs - BOazing Dragons Fury (woPen’s teaP), BOazing Dragons Fire (PixeG teaP) anG BOazing Dragons Fierce (coPPunity teaP) - wiOO use the Eoat Guring its aPEitious coPSetition year aheaG. Each teaP is PaGe uS oI 22 PePEers, incOuGing 20 SaGGOers, a GruPPer anG a steerSerson.
In aGGition, the association wiOO Ee renting its Eoat to teaP “A Love For LiIe” in Newtown Borough, IounGeG in PePory oI Kevin EGPonGs who “taught us to Oove OiIe anG ePErace each Gay.” EGPonGs GieG oI Sancreatic cancer, Eut his PePory is Eeing NeSt aOive Ey the teaP, which raises IunGs to fight the Gisease whiOe having Iun anG enjoying OiIe.
In NeeSing with traGition, the BOazing Dragons wiOO “awaNen the Gragon” Guring an eye-Gotting cerePony on March 30 Eeginning at 12 S.P. at PaviOion 11 at Core CreeN ParN in MiGGOetown TownshiS. The SuEOic is inviteG to attenG.
“The eyes are not GotteG. You have to have a Chinese Sriest coPe to Got the eyes. It awaNens the Gragon anG Erings gooG OucN. II you Gon’t have it
Showing off the head and tail of their new dragon boat are, from left, Laura Kent, Laurie McHugh, Jacquelyn Wetzel and Cindy Taylor.