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2017 Schedule of Events

Monday, June 26th- Friday, July 7th, 2017

Registered Dragon Boat Festival Teams can book up to two free team practices.  Email to book.  Time slots are on a first come, first serve basis and based on availability. 

Friday, July 7th, 2017 

Dragon Boat teams and vendors are able to set up their tents in their designated locations as security will be present overnight. 

Team Captain's Meeting 5:30 pm at the Sorting Gap Marina.  Meet at the IBWDB Trailer.

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Roads are CLOSED to through traffic from Butler to the Marina building
                       8:00 -9:30 AM    Vendor & Team Set-up
 9:00 AM  Dragon Boat Teams Line Up at the Marina Building
 9:30 AM-4:00 PM Vendors Open On-site 
 9:30 AM Dragon Boat Opening Ceremonies :
* Parade of Dragon Boat Teams
* National Anthems
- Canadian Anthem:
- US Anthem:
* Awakening the Dragons - Mayors Roy Avis & Bob Anderson
* Team Photos Begin
 10:00 AM  Dragon Boat Races Start

Break (Between Qualifying & Championship Rounds
Cancer Survivor Tribute
*Survivors & medical staff pick up flowers for free at registration
* Those wishing to participate can purchase a flower for $2 at the registration tent
 Following Championship Rounds Energy Fitness Dueling Dragons Tug-of-War
 Following Tug-of-War    
Dragon Boat Trophy & Medal Presentation

Team Registration Information

300 Metre Races

Teams are of a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 20 paddlers.  Mixed teams must have a minimum of 10 female paddlers.  All teams must have a drummer and a steersman. Certified festival steers are available at no extra cost.


Teams are able to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit fee to ensure their place in the festival until May 1st, 2017.   The $650.00 CAD per team fee is due in full no later than June 30th, 2017 and there will be NO REFUNDS after June 1st, 2017.

Sign up with the Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival August 2nd - 5th, 2017 along with our own and receive $100 off of your registration fees.

All signed waivers and completed rosters must be handed in NO LATER than the start of your first practice.

Intoxication is grounds for immediate disqualification.  Individuals are responsible for their own equipment, tents, and personal items brought with them to the festival grounds.

Individuals will be held responsible and will be expected to replace any equipment owned by the Foundation that they damage or break.

Festival race officials will have the last word on all race times, lineups, and judgments.

Team members may be registered for more than one team, however festival officials are not responsible for scheduling conflicts. It is up to the individual paddlers to manage and choose their own availability.

Team camp space at the waterfront will be provided free of charge to all registered teams.

All teams are allowed two free practices over the two weeks prior to festival date, and all bookings are made on a first come, first serve basis.  Teams from out of town can make arrangements based on travel and IBWDB Club availability. (Please see the available practice times and dates on the official practice schedule posted on this site)


*   Courage Cup
*   Manufacturer's Cup
*   Civic Cup
*   Dueling Dragons Tug of War


*   Ensure to drop off one of your team t-shirts and corresponding swag at the registration tent for a chance to win the "BEST TEAM LOOK AWARD"!

*   Don't forget to decorate your team's tent for the chance to win the "BEST TEAM CAMP AWARD"!

*   Be sure to list your team name on the top of your roster form for the chance to win the "BEST TEAM NAME AWARD"!


This new event features teams of 8 paddlers, seated facing each other in the boat for a full on, power paddle duel on the water!  Registration is taken the day of the festival.  $5 per person.



Festival Team Practice Schedule

NOTE: We CAN book two teams in one time slot.

Monday, June 26th

 X X X X X X  Twin Dragons
Tuesday, June 27th

 X X X X Dragon's BreathKemira Paper Dragons
Wednesday, June 28th

 X X X X X X 

Thursday, June 29th

New Gold 6:30
Kemira Paper Dragons

Friday, June 30th

 X X X X 

Monday, July 3rd
Tuesday, July 4th
Wednesday, July 5th
 XXXXXX Dragon's Breath OPSEU & We Own It
Thursday, July 6th
        New Gold 6:30
Friday, July 7th
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2016 Medals

Brushed gold, silver & bronze medals - love!


New Trophy In 2014

Our unveiling of our new trophy in 2014:

2014 / 2015 Medals

We have purchased 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals to present to each member of the winning teams!

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