Local Dragon Boat Club Hosting Only Summer Festival in South Eastern Ontario

July 18, 2019

The Belleville Dragon Boat Club is happy to announce that they have partnered with United Way Hastings & Prince Edward to host 2019’s Belleville Dragon Boat Festival.  The festival will take place on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at Victoria Park in Belleville, rain or shine.

Belleville Dragon Boat Commodore, Nancy Lewis explained, “The Belleville Dragon Boat Club is pleased to be supporting United Way Hastings & Prince Edward at our Dragon Boat Festival. Not only will this event offer participants a great day of fellowship but will provide the financial support for United Way to contribute to so many worthwhile programs in the Quinte area. Unfortunately, we’ve battled Mother Nature for the last couple of years so we’re very excited to be able to return the boats to Victoria Park this year for the first time in a few years”.

United Way Hastings & Prince Edward’s Brandi Hodge noted, “We’re honoured that the local club members chose United Way Hastings & Prince Edward as their charitable partner.  The festival welcomes community teams to compete against each other in some friendly fun on the water.  Each team is guaranteed three races and a day of fun, laughter and hopefully some sun”.

Dragon boating is the fastest growing water sport in the world and no prior experience is necessary to participate.  Crews will receive two training sessions with the Belleville Dragon Boat Club leading up to the festival, and the use of all the required equipment in return for their $600 registration fee.  The 250 metre races take approximately one and a-half minutes to complete for the 20 member crew.  All funds raised will support the 2019 United Way HPE annual campaign which in turn will be allocated to more than 65 programs in 45 local health and social service organizations throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

The organizers are hoping to attract 15 corporate and community teams to the festival along with many spectators and encourages teams who are short a few paddlers to still participate – the Dragon Boat Club will supplement paddlers on teams who are short a few members.  The registration deadline for teams is August 17th, 2019.

For further information about how you can register a team please contact Belleville Dragon Boat Club for more details 613-961-5062 or info@bellevilledragonboatclub.com