Grand Rivers DRAGON Boat Festival set for July 16

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UPDATE 7-15-16:
The first race starts at 9:30 a.m. There will be a series of 3 heats and the award ceremony will be at 1:00 p.m. The race event is actually going to end at 2:00 instead of 4:00 p.m.

For the first time, Dragon Boating is coming to Grand Rivers! This inaugural festival will take place on the shores of Kentucky Lake and is benefiting Livingston County Helping Hands. The event is now open for team registration! This family-friendly event will include local and regional teams coming together to race against each other in a series of heats.

Grand Rivers welcomes spectators to enjoy the festival with fun on and off the water of beautiful Kentucky Lake. Saturday, July 16, 2016 is the date to remember. The event will begin at 9 am and conclude around approximately 4 pm. Spectators are encouraged to come to the festival with their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities.

Forming a dragon boat team is easy!  Included in your team registration is a practice session where we will show you how to paddle and race. Practice sessions and race day include all of the necessary equipment such as a boat, paddles, life vests, a drum and a steersperson/coach. Find yourself 20 co-workers, friends and/or family member to join you at this exciting event!

The Inaugural Grand Rivers Dragon Boat Festival will be held at Lighthouse Landing on Kentucky Lake. This charity/community Dragon Boat Festival is hosted by the Grand Rivers Tourism Commission.

The event has a website, where teams and individuals can register to race to raise funds for Livingston County Helping Hands in this exciting event.

Community participation makes this festival special. Twenty paddlers make up a dragon boat team and race against other teams in their division. Teams of neighbors and friends, students, business sponsored teams and semi-professionals will compete for medals and bragging rights while helping to support charitable causes.

Registration fee is $850 for out of town/club teams, $1,000 for community/non-profit teams and $1,250 for corporate teams. Registration closes Friday, July 8, 2016. Not enough paddlers for a team? Register as a group or individual and we will match you with a team. See our website for details. Registration includes 1 practice on the water with coaching and equipment provided by High Five Dragon Boat.

Food vendors and music will keep the event lively for all throughout the day. Vendors may reserve a space to support this cause. Grand Rivers Tourism welcomes volunteer hands-on support from organizations and individuals as well as sponsorships to make this festival fruitful. For all festival information see, or call the Grand Rivers Tourism Commission office at 270-362-0152 or 888-493-0152.

The festival benefits local families affected by disasters and crises situations.

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