When is the 2013 Festival?
How much does it cost to race in the Lake Champlain Dragon Festival?
Are race fees refundable?
What’s different about the Festival in 2013?
How do I register a team?
How long is the race course?
What will the race schedule be?
What else will be happening at Waterfront Park during the Festival?
Why is the Festival held?
Who benefits from the Festival Proceeds?
How can I help raise funds?
Can anyone paddle a dragon boat?
How many people are in a dragon boat?
What are the requirements for forming a team?
How old do I have to be to paddle in the races?
What equipment will I need?
Do I get to practice dragon boating before the Festival?
Are my team race fees tax-deductible?
Are my team donations tax-deductible?
Festival Date: The 2013 Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 8am to 3pm.
Team Costs: The cost for an entire team to paddle in the festival is $1785 per boat. Each team gets a chance to paddle in at least two races and each team member will receive a souvenir T- shirt, hat, and medal. Race fees are non-refundable.
Race Fees: Race fees are not refundable
Festival's New Format: We’ve shaken up the Festival format for this year’s Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. We’ve limited the teams to 64, and set up the competition in a March-Madness-style bracket. Teams will compete head to head in short, fast-moving heats, with a race starting every 3 minutes.
Length of Races: Races will be shorter – just 200 meters – but there will be lots more of them! The shorter race course allows us to move the races closer to the shore, so spectators will be able to see much better (and teams will be close enough to hear you cheering them on). For a more detailed explanation of how the racing will work this year click here. The race is fast and furious. It will last less than two minutes!
Festival Day Activities: Other Activities on Festival Day will be loads of fun! There will be entertainment throughout the day, as well as a tent with children’s activities. Delicious food and treats will be available from local vendors. We’ll have a Silent Auction and a 50-50 Raffle. Bring friends, family, and lawn chairs, and plan on a rousing day!
Why do we have the festival? The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is all about the community coming together to raise money for charity. This year Dragonheart Vermont is again raising money to support Survivorship NOW, which provides cancer survivors with resources, tools, and support to enhance their recovery after their medical treatment is completed.
Who Benefit's from the festival? One hundred percent of the donations made to the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival will stay in our community and benefit local cancer survivor through two organizations: Dragonheart Vermont and Survivorship NOW. Dragonheart Vermont is a breast cancer survivor and supporter dragon boat organization that carries on year long programs to support and empower breast cancer survivors. Survivorship NOW offers wellness programs to support, educate, and invigorate cancer survivors in our community.
Who can paddle? Anyone can paddle a dragon boat after a short lesson. The sport calls to all ages, genders, and skill levels. It is not how strong or athletic you are, it is how well you can paddle in sync with your team members.
How many paddlers are there in the boat? There are 20 paddlers in a dragon boat, plus a drummer. Each boat also requires a steersperson who steers and coaches the boat. The steersperson is a professional provided to each team by the race committee.
What are the requirments for forming a team? Each community team will consist of 20 paddlers and 1 drummer, plus up to 3 alternate paddlers. Most teams are a mix of men and women. All teams must have a minimum of eight (8) women paddlers. For more details go to our How To Register page.
What is the minimum age? All team members need to be at least sixteen (16) years of age to participate in the races.
What do you need to bring? Please bring a water bottle and sun screen. Everything else you need – water to fill your bottle, paddle, life jackets, boats, and coach - is included in your race fees. And don't forget to bring a smile!
I've never paddled before. How will I learn what to do? Your team race fee includes a 90-minute practice paddling lesson. We have set aside the weekend of July 20 - 21 for Practice Weekend, so mark your calendars. Team Captains will select a time for your practice session when they register. What a great team building experience it will be.
Are race fees tax deductible? Race fees for The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival do not constitute a charitable contribution or donation for tax purposes, because you receive both goods (a team shirt, hat, medal) and services (participation in 2 or more races and a coached practice session) in exchange for those fees.
Are donations tax deductible? All donations above and beyond your race fee are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and will be acknowledged with a receipt appropriate for tax purposes. If you donate online you will receive both a Thank You page and a Thank You email. Please save the email for your tax records.
Tax Information you might want: The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is run under the auspices of Dragonheart Vermont, a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. Our Federal I.D. # is: 20-1199994.