Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival returns this summer

The 15th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival will return this summer.

The festival will kick off with the Sanford Health Taco Fundraiser on Aug. 4.

“We are excited to bring the Dragon Boat Festival back in 2021.  It’s been such a fun tradition for our community and we can’t wait to get everyone back together again!” said Mike McNeil, Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival Co-Chair and Lueken’s Village Foods North Store Director.

Team registration is now open, and teams can save $100 for registering by June 15.

“The festival has become one of the region’s most popular summer traditions and we are fortunate to have such great support from our sponsors and volunteers.  They make it all possible and have stuck with us as we had to cancel last year.  We can’t thank them enough.  I’m excited to see everyone,” added Brian Bissonette, Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival Planning Committee Member and Festival Announcer.

The festival will include all the fun of event’s past, such as the Cornhole Tournament for the American Cancer Society, the Dondelinger GM Sprint Cup Races, the 5K for BHS Track, Field, and Cross Country, as well as live entertainment in the Dragon’s Den, opening ceremonies and the parade of teams.

“The Bemidji Rotary and Bemidji Chamber are thrilled that the Dragon Boat Festival can return this summer. This is truly a community event that raises money for many great organizations that make our community a better place to live and work.  It will go a long way to help those organizations as we recover from the pandemic” added Abby Randall, Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival Co-Chair and Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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