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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.


2017 Festival Teams

 1.   Kemira "Paper Dragons"(Manufacturer's Cup)
 2.   FF Dental Centre "Dragon's Breath"
 3.   OPSEU "Otters"
 4.   GSS "Good Samaritans" (Civic Cup)
 5.   New Gold "Nuggets" (Manufacturer's Cup)

2017 Festival Poster


It's time to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, and ParticipACTION has the ultimate Play List to get you moving that includes150 activities that define our land and people - including DRAGON BOAT! So come out this summer, give paddling a try and pick up your FREE 150 Play List swag while supplies last.

Be sure to try as many activities as you can, track your efforts online and you can earn chances to win great prizes from ParticipACTION like gift cards, trips for two, or a brand new Chevrolet vehicle of your choice!

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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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