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The 14th Annual Festival: July 31st – August 3rd, 2019
The 14th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival features four days of fun for the entire family. After all, it’s not just about Dragon Boat racing: festival activities include great food, music, kid’s activities, a parade of teams, cultural performances, camaraderie and much more all along the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji.
PADDLES UP! RACES ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 2ND AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD
Dragon Boat racing is fun, fast-paced and engaging for spectators. It’s currently the fastest growing water sport in the nation! Between racers, family, friends, volunteers and spectators, we again anticipate thousands of people at the Lake Bemidji waterfront during the course of the event. Dondelinger’s Sprint Cup will take place the evening of Friday, August 2nd and Race day starts at 9:30am on Saturday, August 3rd and runs all day.
NEW IN 2019
There is a NEW category added this year! As an additional opportunity to bring home some hardware, the CHAMPIONSHIP division has been created. The 4 overall fastest teams (combined times from Heat 1 and 2) will race for the Championship title. The GOLD division will now include the next 4 fastest teams (those that placed 5-8 overall). SILVER and BRONZE will continue as is and will be determined by those teams representing the middle third and lower third field of competing teams. Note: All previous festival GOLD winners will be re-classed and referred to as past CHAMPIONS of the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival.
GAME ON! CORNHOLE TOURNEY – THURSDAY, AUGUST 1ST
For most of the world, it’s a game you play with your family and friends at cookouts. For the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, it’s not only about that, but also comradery with community members, raising money for a great cause and making some great memories! There can be some pretty stiff competition, but let’s face it, most players are just happy to get the bag on the board. Find a partner and get your team registered today.
This event is co-founded by the Bemidji Rotary Club and the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce with the backing of some pretty amazing sponsors including our Title Sponsor: Paul Bunyan Communications. All funds raised go right back into our community through their charitable giving.