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Paducah Dragon Boat Festival presented by River Discovery Center

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The dragons are coming back to Paducah's riverfront for the Dragon Boat Festival in September of 2021!

Gather your team or watch as the River Discovery Center hosts dragon boat races on the Ohio River. Gather at the Paducah Riverfront to enjoy this visually spectacular event in which teams race in heats in dragon boats. Colorful dragon boats with 16 paddlers and a creatively dressed drummer race 3 races each.

Dragon Boat Racing is an ancient Chinese sport dating back over 2500 years and is the fasting growing team sport in North America. The races begin at 10:00 AM and last until 2:00-3:00 PM. A variety of food vendors are available as well as a beer garden with 6 choices of both domestic and craft beer. A children’s play area is available.

Proceeds benefit the educational programs of the River Discovery Center.

FEATURED IN: EXPLORING AMERICA'S RIVERS: From History to Habitat at River Discovery Center | How to Stay Active Outdoors in Paducah

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