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DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

The final round of the 16th Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival had an unexpected shakeup, which led to the first-time team The Need for Giga-Speed claiming the championship.
From far and near, family members of the 1212 Crew have traveled to compete in the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival races for over 12 years, but the race is more than just winning to them.
Droves of dragon boat teams and spectators gathered near Library Park for the Parade of Teams, to signify the official start of the 16th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival on Friday evening.
For some, cornhole is a sport, an affair to be taken seriously and practiced diligently. To others, it’s a leisure activity, one best enjoyed with a beverage – or two, or three – in hand.

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Fry bread fanatics came out strong on Wednesday for Sanford Health’s 24th annual Taco Fest kicking off a four-day extravaganza of Dragon Boat Festival activities.
The 16th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival will take place Wednesday, Aug. 3, through Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Lake Bemidji waterfront.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Pre-Paddle Party ahead of this summer's Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, set for Aug. 3-6.
Not even a broken paddle could stop the HydraHeads from sealing a victory in the 15th annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 7.
Long before Bemidji hosted its first Dragon Boat Festival in 2006, big boats had been on the lake for well over 125 years, ferrying passengers, giving tours and hosting parties.
The parade of teams, opening ceremony and sprint cup races kicked off Dragon Boat weekend on Friday night in Bemidji. The 15th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival was opened with the parade of teams led by the Buena Vista Ski Patrol.

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The occasion marked the 10th year of the festival’s celebrated tournament, which, along with inspiring some friendly competition among locals and tourists and adults of all ages, raises money for the American Cancer Society’s Beltrami County Relay for Life.
The Lake Bemidji waterfront was bustling with people supporting Sanford Health’s 23rd annual Taco Fest on Wednesday, kicking off the first of many Dragon Boat Festival events for the week.
Scott Turn said many out-of-town teams appreciate the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival because it’s more than just a boat race.

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