Registration for the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival

Mountain States Dragon Boat FestivalRegistration is on for the seventh 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 8th, 2012 for this really fun day!

The Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival will host up to 50 teams, and for each participant to receive a 2012 t-shirt, they must raise a minimum of $100. 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.

2012 is the Chinese Year of the Dragon! 

Practice Week

Practice Week must be scheduled by calling our office:  423-302-3131

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, September 4-6, 2012
Sonny's Marina on Boone Lake
3:00pm until dark

Friday, September 7, 2012
Winged Deer Park
3:00pm until dark

Tent City set-up is Friday, September 7, 2012 beginning at 2:30pm

Festival

Saturday, September 8, 2012
8:30am to closing ceremonies
(usually around 4pm)
Winged Deer Park
Johnson City, Tennessee

If you register before 7/2/2012 -

Corporate Team - $800
Community Team - $750
Non-Profit Organization - $750

After 7/2/12, add $100 to the fees above.

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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 over $500,000!  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 - monies raised went to Mountain States Health Alliance's Oncology Services

and the 2012 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.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
First Tennessee Foundation Cartridge World Mullican Flooring NN, Inc. Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. Pepsi

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Mountain States Foundation

2335 Knob Creek Road, Suite 101 • Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
Phone: (423) 302-3131 • Fax: (423) 282-3906
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