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6th annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival
September 9 @ 8:00 AM - September 10 @ 5:00 PM
Welcome to the 6th annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival a familiar
fun, spirited competition and colorful pageantry to Volunteer Park on Flathead
Lake in Lakeside, just 10 miles south of Kalispell. Volunteer Park offers 190 feet of unobstructed Flathead Lake shoreline with spectacular views of the
Mission and Swan mountain ranges. The festival grounds accommodate vendors,
teams, additional activities and entertainment, and several designated parking
lots adjacent to the festival grounds offer walkable access to the event for
paddlers and spectators. The shops, restaurants and other attractions in
Lakeside will all be within walking distance— providing race attendees the
opportunity to intimately experience one of Northwest Montana’s most charming
Returning teams will find the same camaraderie and
competition plus a new addition in 2017: the Rocky Mountain Championship (RMC),
an invitational race division showcasing top dragon boat teams from the western
U.S. and Canada in competition for the RMC medal.
The event kicks off with a captains briefing on Friday,
September 8th in the evening. The race schedule begins at 8:30am Saturday and
includes a BCS race and ceremony and a kids’ race. Activities resume Sunday at
9:00am with qualifying and championship rounds. The day will conclude with a
2,000 meter Guts and Glory exhibition race and an awards ceremony.