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Welcome To The 6th Annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival

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2017 Festival Returns to Lakeside, September 9 - 10

Welcome to the 6th annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival.  
The Festival brings familiar fun, spirited competition and colorful pageantry to Volunteer Park on Flathead Lake in Lakeside, just 10 miles south of Kalispell.  Volunteer Park, a Flathead County Park, offers 190 feet of unobstructed Flathead Lake shoreline with spectacular views of the Mission and Flathead mountains.  The shops, restaurants and other attractions in Lakeside are all within walking distance— providing race attendees the opportunity to intimately experience one of Northwest Montana’s most charming communities.  S
everal designated parking lots adjacent to the festival grounds offer walkable access to the event for paddlers and spectators. 

The event kicks off with a paddler briefing and live music at the welcome party on Friday, September 8th in the evening. Saturday races are 200 meters in length, begin at 8:30am and continue into early afternoon with a cancer survivor race and ceremony at 11:30am.  Saturday afternoon activities include a concert by Gladys Friday, Paddle Board Boxing and Beer Garden Games.  Sunday's schedule includes 500 meter races starting at 9am, a 2,000 meter Exhibition Race, the Kids' Race, a Hula performance, live music and an award ceremony.

Schedule of Events 2017

Friday, Sept 8th

5:30-9:30pm                    Paddler Welcome Party and Briefing
                                         Lakeside Town Center, 306 Stoner Loop
                                         Team check-in at same location 5:30-7:30
                                         Paddler briefing 6:00-6:30
                                         Live music - The Bad Larry's, 6:30 
                                         Food and beverages available for purchase

Saturday, Sept 9th
8:30am                               Races begin - Saturday races are 200 meters
9:30-11:30am                   Live Music by Dan Dubuque
10:00am-4:00pm              Dragon Lair Kids Activity Area - Free
 

11:30am–2:00pm            Cancer Survivor race and ceremony
                                            Best Team Chant
                                            Exhibition Races
                                            Races continue

2:00-5:00pm                     Live Music by Gladys Friday
                                            Paddle Board Boxing

                                            Beer Garden Games
6:00pm                              Festival closes
All day enjoy food vendors and beer garden                                            


Sunday, Sept 10th
9:00am                               Races begin - Sunday races are 500 meters
9:30-11:30am                    Entertainment TBD
10:00am-2:00pm              Dragon Lair Kids Activity Area - FREE

11:30am                             Kids Race
                                            (sign ups begin 8:30am,
                                            10 and under must have parent in boat)

11:30am-1:00pm             Hula Performance by Halau ka Waikahe
                                            Lani Malie
                                            Entertainment TBD

1:00pm                               Championship rounds
3:00pm                               Exhibition Race
                                             Award Ceremony                                             

5:00pm                               Festival closes
A
ll day enjoy food vendors and beer garden

*Times are approximate and subject to change*