The spirits of the dragon boats sleep in the mountains until they are awoken by Taoist priests during the Eye Dotting Ceremony. The Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony is conducted to cleanse the area of competition, to bless the competitors and their boats, and to charge the boats and their crews with the Spirit of the Dragon and the Goddess of the Sea.
Watch the Race
Check out the exciting dragon boat races, right in Torpy Park in Downtown Minocqua! Teams race 300m from East to West, finishing in front of Torpy Park’s swimming beach by BJ’s Sportshop in an intense display of strength and teamwork.
Check out the cultural themed hands-on interactive activities under the children’s activity tent for young “dragonlings”.
Forbidden City Food Court
Enjoy food and soft drinks while taking in a performance on the Main Stage, or watching paddlers go by! A portion of all proceeds will be generously donated by the St. Germain Primetimers to our chosen charity, the Howard Young Foundation.
Dragon’s Breath Beer Garden
Enjoy draft, and canned adult libations while taking in a performance on the Main Stage, or watching paddlers go by! A portion of all proceeds will be generously donated by the Lakeland Noon Rotary to our chosen carity, the Howard Young Foundation
Awards will be presented for race winners and spirit awards, including best-dressed drummer, most spirited team, wisest dragon, and fundraising champion.