Welcome to the 6th Annual Dragon Boat Festival!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Winged Deer Park, Johnson City, TN
Registration begins at 7:30am, Races begin at 9:00am
|Registration is on for the sixth year of the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival. With thousands of attendees, multiple vendors and a full day of family-friendly activities, the festival has become one of the city's most popular events.|
The Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival will host up to 68 teams, each participant is encouraged to raise at least $100. We are excited to announce that this year's festival benefits Mountain States Health Alliance Oncology Services. Directed and coached by a steersman standing in the rear of the boat, each team races a distance of 200 meters in an attempt to earn the fastest time. Every team will compete in two heats, with the fastest teams competing a third time in the championship round.
What is a Dragon Boat Race? The Dragon Boat Festival is one of China's most spectacular traditions. According to legend, Qu Yuan, a well-respected counselor of the Emperor, decided to drown himself in the Miluo River rather than live under the laws of a corrupt government. Onlookers frantically pounded the water with their oars and paddles to keep evil spirits away from his body. Today, this legend is re-enacted by Dragon Boat Festivals all around the world.