MINOCQUA, Wis. (WSAW) -- The water on Lake Minocqua sits undisturbed for now. But in August, it will play host..to dozens of dragon boats as part of the 3rd annual Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival.

"It's almost addicting. It is so much fun," dragon boat racer Nancy Brunsch said. "You get in the boat and you're on the water. Which I love. Then you're with other teammates. It's a team sport and it's great fun. I love it."

With the head and the tail on, these 45 foot long boats can reach speeds of 8 miles per hour. The 2000 year old sport was born out of political dissent in China, but has found popularity in the United States, especially here in Wisconsin.

"Wisconsin is the hot state right now, it's the hot state for dragon boat racing. Kind of the word is spreading and it's going to become a real popular sport," Dragon Boat Festival Committee Member Mike Mondrall said.

Word has even spread across the border into Canada, with teams coming down to the area last year to race. But you don't need to be an experienced racer to enjoy the event.

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