Another First for Delaware: Dragon Boat Racing

The popiular coastal resort city of Lewes, DE will welcome its first Dragon Boat Festival to benefit Sussex Academy on Sunday, September 15, 2013. The race happens at Canalfront Park & Marina in Lewes, known as “the first town in the first state”. This is the first known Dragon Boat race in Delaware.

Event organizers are planning for 36 teams to race down a 350-meter course in the inaugural year.

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Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County, AL Dragon Boat Festival

Guntersville, AL is a beautiful setting for the Inaugural Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County, AL Dragon Boat Festival. The city looks like an Appalachian island, with the Tennessee River and Lake Guntersville hugging the city surrounded by mountains. Race day will be Saturday, July 20 at Lake Guntersville Civitan Park.

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Boatloads of Fun: Akron, OH

A city that has enjoyed dragon boats on the serene Portage Lakes for years will now get its own festival. The Inaugural Portage Lakes Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 13. Benefiting Boatloads of Hope, an outreach program of the breast cancer survivor team Dragon Dream Team, the race will be held on Turkeyfoot Lake at Portage Lakes State Park.

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Remaining Dynamic Race Schedule

June 22 – 11th Annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival in Knoxville, TN

July 13 – Inaugural Portage Lakes Dragon Boat Festival in Akron, OH

July 20 – Inaugural Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County, AL Dragon Boat Festival in Guntersville, AL 

August 17– 2nd Annual Habitat Dragon Boat Festival in Gadsden, AL

August 24 – 3rd Annual Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival in Owensboro, KY

September 7 – 7th Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival in Nashville, TN

September 7 & 8 – 2nd Annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival in Kalispell, MT

September 15  Inaugural Lewes Dragon Boat Festival to Benefit Sussex Academy 

September 21  – 7th Annual Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival in Cleveland, OH

October 5 – 3rd Annual Duncan-Williams Dragon Boat Races in Memphis, TN

October 12 – 2nd Cape Fear Dragon Boat Festival in Wilmington, NC

October 19 – Inaugural Shoals Dragon Boat Festival in Florence, AL

More info at Some videos from the 2013 season are posted online.

Paddles Up!