MINOCQUA - Paddlers would normally descend on Minocqua in a few weeks for the annual dragon boat races.
That won't be happening this year, but that doesn't mean the festival is gone entirely.
Instead, the Dragon Boat Festival is happening virtually this year.
Any team that paddled in the festival for the last four years can sign up.
These teams get a "boat" online that they can advance in two ways:
They can donate money to the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff or perform community service while wearing their dragon boat gear.
Festival organizers hope to make at least some impact on the community.
"We still wanted to celebrate everything that the dragon boat represents, which is community, having fun, bringing people together and still raising funds for the Howard Young Foundation," said volunteer Gami Miller.
The money raised for the Howard Young Foundation will go toward patient monitors to help with COVID-19 response.
Organizers hope in-person races can make a comeback next August in Torpy Park.