We are looking forward with a healthy mix of optimism and realism. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to hold our 15th Anniversary Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival at the Burlington Waterfront in 2021, albeit in a modified format. In fact, we are already underway with plans to move forward with this “most fun you have on the lake” event!
We are planning a one-day event on Saturday, August 7th with 10 paddlers and a drummer in each boat on our regular race course. We’ll end the day with the Sunset Dance Party under the big tent on the waterfront. Each team will have expanded tent space in Athletes Village and we’ll adjust our marshalling and boat loading operations to provide the space needed to follow public health protocols. Of course all of these plans are dependent on the state’s COVID status and guidance as we move into summer. We are simultaneously planning a virtual event in the unfortunate case that state public health regulations do not allow us to hold an in-person event.
We want to take this opportunity to share a special thank you to all of our supporters and sponsors who supported us at the virtual events in 2020 and share our excitement in participating again this year in whatever form it takes.