The Fourth Annual Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival August 16 & 17, 2019
Free Admission Both Days ~ All Festival Events Are Accessible
"Dragon boat racing is so full of energy and color, it's no wonder people are attracted to it.'"
The Solomons Dragon Boat Festival is a fun filled event of friendly competition and team building while raising funds for much needed programs for SMCR, Inc. Race day will be filled with intense, heart-pounding action and the sounds of Chinese drums will fill the air. A variety of entertainment, food, crafts and kid- friendly activities will round out the event.
Dragon boats are narrow 40 foot long boats with colorful, hand carved dragon heads mounted on the bow. Powered by 16 paddlers, a drummer and a steers-person, everyone must work together to cross the finish line faster than their competition. Dragon Boating is an exciting team sport that encompasses the elements of power, speed, synchronization and endurance. It's a sport of inches and seconds – a thrilling event for both athletes and spectators.
Teams will compete for:
Fastest Time ~ Best Tent Decorations ~ Best Team Costumes ~ Most Funds Raised ~ And More!
CEDAR POINT ~ OUR 2019 PRESENTING SPONSOR
EARLY REGISTRATION CONTEST - ROUND ONE WINNERS:
These teams will receive 20 special edition Tshirts
AMEWAS, KINGFISHERS RESTAURANT, THE CENTURIONS
EARLY REGISTRATION CONTEST - ROUND TWO WINNERS:
These teams get to choose their team's spot in the Team Village
AVIAN, ST. ALOYSIUS, WYLE
EARLY REGISTRATION CONTEST - ROUND THREE WINNERS:
These teams will get to choose their team's practice time
Proceeds go directly to SMCR, Inc. for the development and support of educational, social and recreational programs and events for people with special needs in Southern Md. Visit www.somdcr.org to find out more..
More About Dragons and Dragon Boating
The Dragon has a very symbolic meaning for the Chinese. A classic dragon has the head of an ox; a deer's antlers; the mane of a horse; the body and scales of a snake; the claws of an eagle and the tail of a fish. With its strength and power the Dragon rides the clouds in the sky and commands the wind, mist and rain.
The Dragon Boat is deeply embedded in China's 'Dragon' culture, with each boat having an ornately carved dragon's head at the Bow and a tail at the Stern. The hull is painted with the Dragon's scales. The paddles symbolically represent the claws.
Dragon Boating is one of the world's fastest growing team water sports. Originating in China 2,500 years ago, this ancient Chinese tradition has now been transformed into an exciting, modern water sport and is now enjoyed in more than 35 countries.
Dragon Boating is heavily reliant on timing and teamwork and success depends upon how well the team works together. Due to its strength to bring teams together, dragon boating is exceptionally popular with corporate, community and civic organizations- and it's coming back to Solomons Island for it's fourth year!
Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival
PO Box 560
Solomons, MD 20688