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Festival FAQs

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Festival Basics

When is the 2018 Festival?

How much does it cost to race in the Lake Champlain Dragon Festival?

Are race fees refundable?

How do I register a team?

How do I name a team?

How long is the racecourse?

What will the race schedule be?

What else will be happening at Waterfront Park during the Festival?

Can I bring my own alcohol?

Charitable Mission

Why do we hold the Festival?

Who benefits from the Festival proceeds?

How can I help raise funds?

Team/Paddler Requirements

Can anyone paddle a dragon boat?

How many people are in a dragon boat?

What are the requirements for forming a team?

How old do I have to be to paddle in the races?

What equipment will I need?

Do I get to practice dragon boating before the Festival?

Tax Deductions

Are race fees tax deductible?

Are donations tax deductible?

Festival Basics

Festival Date: The 2018 Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 8am to 3pm.

Registration FeeThe fee for a team to paddle in the festival is $1785 per boat. This registration fee includes a 75-minute practice session on Practice Weekend (July 28-29), at least two races on Festival Day, and 21 souvenir shirts, hats, and medals. Race fees are non-refundable.

Race FeesRace fees are not refundable

Alcohol at Waterfront Park: The City of Burlington prohibits the consumption of alcohol at Waterfront Park outside of the confines of the Woodchuck Hard Cider Garden. The Woodchuck Hard Cider Garden will be serving hard cider, beer, and wine this year during the Sunset Party with the X-Rays playing on Saturday evening from 5:30-9:00 PM and again on Sunday during the Community races with Zach Rhoads playing from 1:00-4:00 PM.

Team Name:  Team names are limited only by your imagination. If you are sponsored by a company or organization it is important to state your company name in your team name so that our community knows who your team is. It is great PR!

Length of RacesRaces will be short – just 200 meters – but there will be lots of them! The short race course allows us to keep the races close to the shore, so spectators will be able to see all the action (and teams will be close enough to hear you cheering them on). For a more detailed explanation of how the racing works click here. The race is fast and furious. It will last less than two minutes!

Festival Day ActivitiesOther Activities on Festival Day will be loads of fun! There will be entertainment throughout the day, as well as a tent with children’s activities. Delicious food and treats will be available from local vendors. Don't miss our Pick-Your-Prize Raffle, along with the ever-popular 50-50 Raffle. Bring friends, family, and lawn chairs, and plan on a rousing day! Admission to the Park is free!

Charitable Mission

Why do we hold the festival? The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is all about coming together as a community to raise money to help cancer survivors in the Champlain Valley. Festival proceeds assist the cancer support programs of Dragonheart Vermont, a breast cancer survivor, and supporter dragon boat team, and this year we are welcoming our Pledge Partner, Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta, Vermont’s camp for children who have or have had cancer. www.takumta.org/    

Who benefits from the festival proceeds? One hundred percent of the donations made to the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival will stay in our community and benefit local cancer survivor through two organizations: Dragonheart Vermont and  Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center. Dragonheart Vermont is a breast cancer survivor and supporter dragon boat organization that carries on year-long programs to support and empower breast cancer survivors.  Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center is our 2018 Pledge Partner. While cancer therapy has improved cancer outcomes, cancer and its treatment often come with significant challenges. Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center provides acupuncture, yoga, massage, mindfulness and other therapies to cancer patients and survivors. 

Team/Paddler Requirements

Can anyone paddle a dragon boat? Almost anyone can paddle a dragon boat after a short lesson! Each team is provided a 75-minute lesson/practice session on Practice Weekend as part of the registration fee. To participate, paddlers must be at least 16-years-old, but there are no other restrictions. The sport calls to all ages, genders, and skill levels.  Success is not dependent how strong or athletic you are.  Success is determined by how well you can paddle in sync with your team members. 

How many people are in a dragon boat? There are 20 paddlers plus a drummer in a dragon boat. Each boat also requires a steersperson who steers and coaches the boat. We provide a professional steersperson for each team.

What are the requirements for forming a team? Each team consists of 20 paddlers and 1 drummer, plus up to 3 alternate paddlers. Most teams are a mix of men and women. Most teams look to have a mix of 10 men and 10 women on the crew, and all team members must be at least 16 years of age. You may have more than 10 women but in no case more than 10 men to mesh with the gender equality rule that the sport of dragon boating has instituted. For more details go to our How To Register page.

How old to I have to be to paddle in the races? All team members need to be at least sixteen (16) years of age to participate in the races.

What equipment will I need? Please bring a water bottle (we have a water truck) and sunscreen.  Everything else you need –  paddle, life jackets, boats, coach, even the water to fill that water bottle - is included in your race fees. And don't forget to bring a smile!

Do I get to practice dragon boating before the Festival? Your team race fee includes a 75-minute practice paddling lesson. We have set aside the weekend of July 28 - 29 for Practice Weekend, so mark your calendars. Team Captains will select a time for your practice session when they register. This is a great team building experience!

Tax Deductions

Are race fees tax deductibleRace fees for The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival do not constitute a charitable contribution for tax purposes because you receive both goods (a Festival hat, shirt, and medal) and services (participation in 2 or more races and a coached practice session) in exchange for those fees.

Are donations tax deductibleAll donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. (Please note that race fees are not considered donations.) Donations will be acknowledged with a receipt appropriate for tax purposes. Online donors will receive both a Thank You page and a Thank You email.  Please save the email for your tax records; we do not send additional paper acknowledgments to online donors.

Tax Information you might want: The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is run under the auspices of Dragonheart Vermont, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Our Federal I.D. # is: 20-1199994.