The Dragon Boat Festival isn’t your typical boat racing event. It features unique dragon head designs on the front of the boats. The event is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Lethbridge. The festival was started by a group of women who battled breast cancer and came together to create a dragon boat team. Diane Randell, the chair of the festival, says 48 teams will compete at the event this year with 19 of them from western Canada.
“There’s 59 races starting tomorrow morning and our finals are from noon until about 3:30pm on Sunday. There’s lots for people to do and enjoy. It’s a beautiful setting. In fact, our site has been identified as one of the best sites in Canada for dragon boating because of the ability to view and the setting. It’s an opportunity for people to come together that normally wouldn’t come together. Either to paddle on a team or just to come out and enjoy the festival.”
The Lethbridge Dragon Boat Festival starts tonight at 6pm and runs until Sunday evening.
For more information on the full slate of events for the festival you can visit https://lethbridgedragonfest.ca/