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Kenosha Area Dragon Boat Festival

July 19, 2014

(800) 368-6851
(813) 569-1030


Racing will take place between approx. 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Dragon boat racing is the world’s fastest growing water sport and has found itself a home in many communities in the state of Wisconsin in the past decade, including in Pleasant Prairie at Lake Andrea. Each team accommodates 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 steersperson.

The drummer sits in the bow (front) of the boat and beats a drum to keep the 20 paddlers in sync with one another. The steersperson stands in the stern (back) and directs the boat with a 10-foot oar that acts as a rudder. Often dubbed as a “canoe on steroids”, dragon boats are 42’ in length and don a traditional dragon head and tail. This ancient Chinese sport has become one of fierce competition throughout the world, and is growing rapidly in the southeastern United States as well as the Midwest.

Teams for the Kenosha Area Dragon Boat Festival can be formed from a corporate group, bringing employees together for a day of fun competition and team building. Other teams can come from churches, civic and community organizations, families and friends. The event is open to participants of all ages, sizes and abilities. Teams that are brand new to the sport are given the opportunity to practice in the week leading up to the Festival.

Pan Am Dragon Boat is also offering a mini-camp prior to race day for paddlers who want to refine their technique or steering skills.

Some proceeds will benefit the United Way of Kenosha County. Pan Am Dragon Boat, the event production company, believes in supporting charities in the local communities where they host their events. United Way of Kenosha County provides a host of social service programs to children and families in Kenosha County.



  • Sport stems from an ancient Chinese legend
  • Each Dragon Boat is 42 feet long
  • 10 rows seat 20 paddlers
  • A steersperson uses a 9 foot oar as a rudder, standing in the stern
  • A drummer sits in a seat at the bow, facing the crew


  • 20 Paddlers, minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 female paddlers must be in the boat at all times
  • 1 drummer
  • 5 alternate paddlers allowed
  • All participants must be 12 years of age or older

COST: $975 Corporate Team entry fee or $750 Club/Community Team entry fee includes:

  • Practice
  • Boat, Paddles, PFDs
  • Steersperson

ATHLETE’S VILLAGE: Each registered team receives a 10’x10’ space in the Athlete’s Village at Lake Andrea, included with their registration fee. Teams are required to provide their own refreshments, food and shade. Tents can be rented. 

EQUIPMENT: Paddles, life vests, boats, drums, and steerspersons will be provided to each team at practice and on the day of the race. Teams that bring their own equipment must use the regulation equipment mandated by the International Dragon Boat Federation.

RACE DAY – July 19th, 2014:

  • Each team will race in 3 heats – a qualifying race, a semi-final race and final race
  • The course is 350 meters in a straight line with 4 lanes
  • Each team will have 60-90 minutes in between heats
  • An optional 2000m race will be offered to the top 6-8 teams at the end of the day

See video from the 2012 event: Clip 1 | Clip 2