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Dragon Boat Expo at Riverfest!
September 10, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 6:00 PMFree
Calling all paddlers! Dragons are coming to Riverfest on Saturday, September 10th! Don’t miss an opportunity to get in a Dragon Boat and try out Dragon Boat Racing! The 46ft-long dragon boats hold 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and 1 steerer (provided)! Learn the basics of dragon boat racing and experience the adrenaline-pumping action of paddling in a dragon boat.
Two dragon boats will be going out each hour to mock race a 200-meter stretch of the Cumberland River in front of Riverfest! Heats will happen at 11 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM and 5 PM with a break at 1 PM for the cardboard boat regatta.
Individuals can register to paddle for $25 with local watershed group, Cumberland River Compact, who will be taking signups near the boat dock in McGregor Park. Paddlers will need to sign a waiver and receive a wristband to paddle. All proceeds benefit the work of the Cumberland River Compact to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries.
No experience is necessary to paddle! Instruction, life jackets, and a professional boat steerer will be provided to all paddlers by trained professionals from Dynamic Dragon Boat Racing.
The Cumberland River is an essential part of Riverfest and this year there’s a new opportunity to get on the water! So grab a friend, family member, or coworker and get ready to paddle!