What happens on race day?
Watch the video to get an idea, then read the following information and check out the Festival FAQs.
Your team should be at Registration at least one hour prior to your first race. Note: Plan to arrive at Waterfront Park at least 90 minutes prior to your first race to allow time to park and get to the festival site. You will also want time to set up your campsite as a gathering place for your team.
At registration we will double-check that all waivers are in order, and team members will receive their race bands. All paddlers must wear a race band; it is how we know who belongs in the boats.
Captains: If you have last-minute roster changes to make, you will be able to make them at Registration when you check in.
Race Schedule: Your first race in the morning will be set in the race schedule. Your second race time will be determined by your time in this heat and your division placement and will be published at this web address (updated when we get closer to the festival) as well as on bulletin boards onsite. Subsequent races will be determined by whether or not you win later heats; results and schedules will be available in these same locations.
Festival Schedule: There are many other activities occurring on festival grounds. Check the festival schedule for a comprehensive list and the festival map to find the location of various activities.
Food and Drink
At Dragonheart Vermont we know that you can’t win dragon boat races on an empty stomach, so we will arrange for tasty, healthy food for your enjoymen, including coffee and bagels for sale early in the morning. Our food court opens late morning. We’ll provide an update of food vendors here as we get closer to Festival day.
Of course you are welcome to bring your own food. Please be aware that grills are NOT allowed on Waterfront Park.
The City of Burlington prohibits the consumption of alcohol at Waterfront Park outside of the confines of the Main Tent provided by Dragonheart Vermont.
Capture the Fun of the Festival on Film!
After your first heat, you’ll go to the Ride the Dragon photo booth to have your team portrait taken and perform your team chant/song for our Spirit Judges.
Later in the day the photo booth will be available for people who would like to take their own pictures.