8/11/2017 7:27:00 AM Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival on Aug. 19 Benefitting the Howard Young Foundation, Inc.
Dean Hall/Lakeland Times
The Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival will take place on Aug. 19 at Torpy Park.
On Saturday, Aug. 19, the 2nd annual Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival will take place at Torpy Park in downtown Minocqua.
This event benefits the Howard Young Foundation and is made possible by the many sponsors involved. Help by pledging to a team of dragon boat racers or volunteer at the event.
From 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, dragon boat teams can check in with registration and team Tent Set Up.
Saturday, Aug. 19 starts with a mandatory 7:15 a.m. Captain's Meeting. The Opening Ceremony begins the event at 8 a.m., followed by the first round of races beginning at 8:30 a.m. Three teams will race approximately every 10 minutes. At 3 p.m., the final round of races begins and an awards ceremony begins at 4 p.m.
It's a sight to see, as 45-foot boats are powered by 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson. From the zany team themes and costumes to the cheering and live music, the day is filled with fun and entertainment - all for a great cause. Every dollar raised supports the Howard Young Foundation's mission to ensure excellent health care for all who live and visit the area. Support is as easy as ... a day at the beach.
The races aren't the only thing happening Saturday. Enjoy a variety of activities including beer, food, and children's activities. The Forbidden City Food Court, provided by the Minocqua Lady Lions Club, will have tastes from around the world. Enjoy unique food and refreshments while watching the paddlers or taking in a performance on the stage.
The Dragon Breath Beer Garden will also be serving beer and wine provided by the Lakeland Noon Rotary Club on the upper level of Torpy Park. The Marketplace has souvenirs to commemorate this event. Proceeds will be donated to the Howard Young Foundation to advance the health and wellness of all people in the communities we serve.
There are 26 registered teams and with each team there are 20 paddles, one steersperson and one drummer per boat. That means around 3,000 to 4,000 visitors could be coming just for the Dragon Boat Festival.
No experience is necessary and those interested in paddling can call the foundation office at 715-439-4005, as there may be teams who are still looking for paddlers.
Visit www.minocquadragonboat.com to pledge, volunteer, or for more information.