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17th Annual Dragon Boat Festival

Join us the 1st weekend in August!

We’re excited to have you join us at the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival – August 2 – 5, 2023! From the exceptional viewing area, energizing races, extraordinary team villages, excellent kids activities and evening entertainment, we have something exciting for the whole family. The festival is located along the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji (on Bemidji Avenue/Hwy 197 – to the left of the Paul & Babe statues: 300 Bemidji Ave. N.)



Festival Schedule

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Practice Sessions

Everyone is welcome to watch!

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Sanford Health Taco Fest for the United Way

$10 taco meal includes fry bread or tortilla taco with all the trimmings, beverage & dessert.

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Dragon's Den Open

New for 2023! 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales.

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Practice Sessions

Everyone is welcome to watch!

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Merchandise Tent Open

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Dragon's Den Entertainment

Featuring: Rhonda & Orlando on the Sanford Center stage. Featuring: Sonny Johnson from 11-1PM.

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Food Court Open

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Dragon's Den Open

Sponsor Appreciation Night & 50/50 Raffle ticket sales.

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Merchandise Tent Open

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Practice Sessions

Everyone is welcome to watch!

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Annual Cornhole Tournament

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Dragon’s Den Entertainment

Featuring: Mix 103.7 Live on the Sanford Center stage.

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Food Court Open

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Merchandise Tent Open

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Dragon's Den Open

50/50 Raffle ticket sales.

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Bingo in the Dragon's Den

New for 2023! For Bemidji Youth Hockey

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Practice Sessions

Everyone is welcome to watch!

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Parade of Teams & Opening Ceremony

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Mandatory SPRINT CUP Team Managers Meeting

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Annual Dondelinger GM Sprint Cup Races

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Dragon’s Den Entertainment

Featuring: Fun Pianos - Dueling Piano Show on the Sanford Center stage.

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St. Michel Furniture Lakeside Lounge

Reserved front row lakeside seating in the Dragon’s Den Patio.

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9-9:30AM: 1/2K Kids Fun Run
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Annual 5K Run/Walk

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Kids Activity Tent

Sponsored by Compass Rose

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Race Day Breakfast & Bloody Mary Bar

Sponsored by Red Stu.

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Mandatory ALL TEAM Managers Meeting

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Merchandise Tent Open

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ROUND 1 HEATS: Dragon Boat Races

*All Race Times are tentative. Official race start times will be determined and posted after team registration deadline in mid-July. Race Final start/end times are estimates and subject to race day circumstances. Please be aware they may start/end earlier or later than listed here.

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Dragon's Den Open

50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales

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Food Court Open

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*Tentative time
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ROUND 2 HEATS: Dragon Boat Races

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*Tentative time
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FINALS: Dragon Boat Races

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Awards & Closing Ceremony

Following the completion of the finals.

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Dragon's Den Entertainment

Featuring: Brock Beaulieu & The Bad Habits on the Sanford Center Stage.

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St. Michel Furniture Lakeside Lounge

Reserved front row lakeside seating in the Dragon’s Den Patio.

Sponsors

Festival Founders

Title Sponsor

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