Registration for the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival
Registration is on for the eighth 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. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 7th, 2013 for this really fun day!
The Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival will host up to 50 teams, and for each participant to receive a 2013 commemorative event paddle, they must raise a minimum of $250. 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.
Practice Week must be scheduled by calling our office: 423-302-3131
Tues, Wed & Thurs, September 3-5, 2013
Sonny's Marina on Boone Lake
3:00pm until dark - Music: Wed - Jeff Shayne & Thurs - Retroville
Friday, September 6, 2013
Winged Deer Park
3:00pm until dark - Music provided by "The Hitmen"!
Tent City set-up is Friday, September 6, 2013 beginning at 2:30pm
Saturday, September 7, 2013
8:30am to closing ceremonies
(usually around 4pm)
Winged Deer Park
Johnson City, Tennessee
After July 1st, registration fees for boats:
Corporate Team - $900
Community Team - $850
Non-Profit Organization - $850
What is Dragon Boat Racing?
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 top 18 fastest combined times from Heat 1 and Heat 2 will compete a third time in the championship round.
The History of Mountain States Foundation Dragon Boat Races
Began in 2006, the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival has been become one of the most successful regional events by proudly raising well over $600,000! Many different areas of Mountain States Health Alliance have benefitted by these funds:
2006-2008 - all proceeds went to building and supporting the new Niswonger Children's Hospital
2009 - proceeds were used to purchase Kangaroo Rockers for Niswonger Children's Hospital
2010 - the MSHA HeartCoach was purchased with Festival proceeds
2011 - 2012 monies raised - over $191,000 - have benefited Mountain States Health Alliance's Oncology Services!
2013 Dragon Boat Festival proceeds will again go to Oncology Services.
The History of Dragon Boat Races
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.
2 - Kevin Brooks ($2,017.00)
3 - Raleigh Green ($1,555.00)
4 - Tracy Fleenor ($1,275.00)
5 - Cathy Katras ($1,200.00)
6 - June Virgilio ($840.00)
7 - Tina Hale ($800.00)
8 - James Shannon ($772.00)
9 - Jeff Clinebell ($725.00)
10 - Sarah Campbell ($652.00)