The Week Ahead: Dragon boats & a public forum

September 21, 2018

The week ahead brings an intriguing mix of politics and athletics, with the annual YMCA Dragon Boat races kicking off on Thursday as well as a Tuesday night public forum on all things incorporation.

Dragon Boat races kick off Thursday

If you’re looking for something different to do this week, check out the annual Dragon boat races on Lake Woodlands. The evenr fatures more than 100 teams competing over four days for the prized stuffed dragon during The Woodlands Family YMCA’s 20th annual Dragon Boat Team Challenge. The event is hosted at North Shore Park, beginning on Thursday Sept. 27 and continuing through to Sunday, Sept. 30.

Roxanne Davis, a community liaison with The Woodlands Township, said the event was originally developed by a local resident who was also an employee of The Woodlands Development Company. The person came to the Bear Branch YMCA with a proposition — he’d seen a dragon boat race abroad and suggested bringing it to the home of the dragon sculpture in Lake Woodlands.

Two decades later, the races and surrounding events remain a strong tradition in the township. Every year, a support crew from the American Dragon Boat Association in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which owns and operates them, transports the colorful, 1,800 pound boats more than 1,000 miles south.

Teams are made up of between 20 and 30 members and the $875 to $1,000 team fee goes to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign aimed toward projects for all members of the facility. The winner of each day’s bracket wins the dragon and eternal bragging rights.

Incorporation public forum Tuesday night

In an effort to help educate the public about the ongoing incorporation studies being done by two consulting firms, officials with The Woodlands Township will be hosting a public incorporation forum on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The forum is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 9:30 p.m.

The incorporation planning studies are being done by two different consulting groups at a cost of more than $875,000 which comes out of the township’s incorporation reserve fund. Each month since January, officials with the two firms — Matrix Consulting Group/HR Green and the Novak Consulting Group — have been providing the results of preliminary examinations of a wide range of issues facing the township as officials explore possibly deciding whether or not to put an incorporation vote on the ballot in 2019.

Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month with a run

Those who want to help raise funds and awareness for breast cancer can help out with their feet (and wallets) on Saturday, Sept. 29, with The Pink 5K running race, being hosted at 7:30 a.m. in Rob Fleming Park and Creekside Park, located 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands.

October is traditionally breast cancer awareness month, and a raft of opportunities exist throughout The Woodlands and South Montgomery County allowing residents to help support funding for the cause — raising awareness, providing mammogram funding for low income patients and also raising money for research and education.

The race is open to all ages and proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Charities of America. Registration for the race opens at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K race beginning at 8:30 a.m. All runners are expected to be finished with the race by 11 a.m., leaving a whole day of rest and recuperation for those charitable runners.

Texas Renaissance Festival begins fall run

Do you like to wear pirate costumes and dress up as a peasant from the olden days of yore? If so, then the wildly popular Texas Renaissance Festival might be right up your cobblestone alley.

The Texas Renaissance Festival kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 29, and is open Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 25. The festival is also open one Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. The festival is hosted in Plantersville off of FM 1774, which is near Magnolia.

With loads of activities, camping, shopping and period food, the festival draws tens of thousands of visitors each fall. Among the more popular offerings are theme weekends — including a pirate weekend, barbarian invasion weekend, Oktoberfest weekend and numerous others. There is also after dark adult entertainment options, such as zombie prom, undersea adventures, the time travelers ball and the heroes versus villains night.

High school football heats up

High school football action heats up in Week No. 4 with a bevy of local teams in action.

Fresh off their homecoming game against in-town rival College Park High School, The Woodlands High School Highlanders football team gets a tough match up again Klein Oak High School on Friday night, Sept. 28.

The Cavaliers of College Park will face off against Klein Collins High School on Thursday night, Sept. 27. Other local teams in action include Oak Ridge High School at Klein Forest High School on Sept. 28 and Grand Oaks High School plays KIPP Sunnyside High School on Sept. 28.

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