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Dragon Boats arrive ahead of Lake Bemidji’s annual Dragon Boat Festival

The 16th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival will take place Wednesday, Aug. 3, through Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Lake Bemidji waterfront.

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Mark Dickinson helps Scott Turn unload the dragon boats on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in preperation for the 16th annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival set for Aug. 3-6, on Lake Bemidji.
Maggi Fellerman / Bemidji Pioneer
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BEMIDJI — The Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival’s four-day extravaganza was one step closer on Monday morning when the dragon boats arrived at Paul Bunyan Park.

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A dragon boat is lifted into the water on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at Paul Bunyan Park in preparation for the 16th annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, set for Aug. 3-6, on Lake Bemidji.
Maggi Fellerman / Bemidji Pioneer
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Brandon Mustful, front, and Scott Turn unload dragon boats on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in preparation for the 16th annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival set for Aug. 3-6, on Lake Bemidji.
Maggi Fellerman / Bemidji Pioneer

The 16th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival will take place Wednesday, Aug. 3, through Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Lake Bemidji waterfront.

Here’s a look at the complete festival schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 3

  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Sanford Health Taco Fest to benefit the United Way
  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Dragon’s Den open: Sponsor appreciation night 
  • 4 to 7 p.m. – Dragon’s Den Entertainment: Ronda and Orlando 
  • 5 to 8 p.m. – Merchandise Tent open 
  • 5 to 9 p.m. – Practice sessions, the public is invited to watch 

Thursday, Aug. 4

  • 4 to 8 p.m. – Food Court open 
  • 5 to 8 p.m. – Merchandise Tent open
  • 5 to 9 p.m. – Practice sessions, the public is invited to watch 
  • 5 to 9 p.m. – Dragon’s Den Entertainment: Mix 103.7 Live 
  • 5 to 11 p.m. – Dragon’s Den open: Community appreciation night 
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m. – 11th Annual Cornhole Tournament 

Friday, Aug. 5

  • Noon to 9 p.m. – Food court open 
  • Noon to 7 p.m. – Merchandise tent open 
  • 3 to 5 p.m. – Practice sessions, the public is invited to watch
  • 4 p.m. to midnight – Dragon’s Den open 
  • 6 to 6:30 p.m. – Parade of Teams and apening ceremonies 
  • 6:30 to 7 p.m. – Mandatory Sprint Cup Team managers meeting 
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. – 9th Annual Dondelinger GM Sprint Cup Races
  • 8 to 10 p.m. – Dragon’s Den Entertainment: Fun Pianos - Dueling Piano Show 

Saturday, Aug. 6

  • 8 to 9 a.m – 8th annual 5k run/walk
  • 8:45 a.m. – Mandatory all team manager's meeting
  • 8 to 10 a.m. – Race day breakfast
  • 8 a.m. to Midnight – Dragon’s Den Open 
  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Merchandise tent open
  • 9 to 9:30 a.m. – 1/2k run/walk
  • 9 a.m. to midnight – Dragon’s Den open 
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Round 1 heats: Dragon Boat races
  • 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Food court open 
  • 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. – Round 2 heats: Dragon Boat races
  • 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. – Finals: Dragon Boat races
  • 5:30 to 6 p.m. – Dragon Boat Festival awards and closing Ceremonies
  • 6 to 11 p.m. – Dragon’s Den Entertainment: Corey Medina and Brothers

All race times are tentative and subject to race-day circumstances. For more information, visit bemidjidragonboat.com.

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Dragon boats wait to be unloaded Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at Paul Bunyan Park in preparation for the 16th annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, set for Aug. 3-6, on Lake Bemidji.
Maggi Fellerman / Bemidji Pioneer
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A number of volunteers, young and old, help unload the dragon boats on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in preparation for the 16th annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival set for Aug. 3-6, on Lake Bemidji.
Maggi Fellerman / Bemidji Pioneer
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A crew works on setting up a tent on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at Paul Bunyan Park in preparation for the 16th annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival set for Aug. 3-6, on Lake Bemidji.
Maggi Fellerman / Bemidji Pioneer

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Maggi is a reporter at the Bemidji Pioneer focusing on outdoor and human interest stories. Raised in Aitkin, Minnesota, Maggi is a graduate of Bemidji State University's class of 2022 with a degree in Mass Communication.
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