Festival Features

Pick Your Prize Raffle

Take a chance at winning the prize of your dreams from this year’s great offerings. Tickets are just $1 each and are available from any Dragonheart member, from many of our festival paddlers, and at the festival. You can even fill in the ticket and return to a Dragonhearter to put in the bucket for you.

The drawings will be held on Festival day about an hour before the festival concludes.  You do not need to be present to win—we will mail prizes to the winners as long as a name and address are on each ticket. (Tip: address labels make it easier to fill in your tickets.)

And as soon as the last winner has been announced, we’ll take all of the remaining raffle tickets and do one last drawing for our Last Chance Prize: $200 cash!

2019 Pick-Your-Prize Buckets List

Concept 2 Raffle

This raffle for a Concept2 Indoor Rower and Paddlesport Training System Paddling Adapter is run by the members of Dragonheart VT to benefit the Ron Morris Memorial Sunshine Fund, which supports paddlers trying out for the US National teams. Ron Morris was a beloved member of Dragonheart Vermont for four years before his passing in 2016 from an aggressive cancer.  For those of us that knew Ron, we are blessed with the memory of his friendship, kindness and generosity, his quiet confidence, and his positive determination for a life well-lived. Learn more about Ron and the Sunshine Fund here.

The raffle runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on site at the Festival. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five.

** The Concept 2 will be shipped. The PSTS paddling adapter needs to be picked at the raffle on Festival Day.

PSTS Paddling Challenge

Festival racers and spectators can step up to try to get the fastest time in a 250-m sprint on a paddling ERG! The male and female paddler with the fastest times will be crowned the PSTS Paddling Champions!

Learn how the Paddlesport Training Sport Adapter added to the Concept2 Indoor rower can be your best training partner.

PLUS: Attention all paddlers! Want to become a better paddler?

Mark McAndrew will talk about the benefits of a workout using the PSTS Paddling Adapter with their Concept 2 ERG for dragon boaters, stand up paddle boarders, and fitness aficionados. Mark is a longtime Concept2 employee and marathon canoe racer as well as co-owner of Paddlesport Training Systems. Head over to the Paddlesport Training Sport tent at Waterfront Park to learn more.  10am; 12pm; and 2pm.

  • Contest: Runs from 9 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. at the Festival Site. Races are $1 each.
  • Race Format: Racers paddle for 250-m on a Concept2 ERG with PSTS Paddle Adapter and measure their time
  • Cost: $1 per raffle ticket to win a paddle adapter which benefits the Festival cause, the programs of Dragonheart VT and Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center wellness programs.

Hole-in-One Challenge

Festival racers and spectators can step up and take on a fun putting challenge to try to make a hole-in-one to support cancer survivors in our community! Each person who makes a hole-in-one will have his or her name placed in the pot for a chance to win our Grand Prize: A free Foursome with carts to Burlington Country Club, one of the top ranked golf courses in Vermont. 

Contest runs from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Festival Site. Putts are $1 each or $5 for six tries.

Winners:  Hole-in-one winners earn bragging rights, plus a chance to win the Grand Prize!

Grand Prize Winner: Each hole-in-one champ will earn one chance inthe Grand Prize drawing. Around 3:15pm on Festival Day, a drawing will be held to select the winner of Green fees for 18 holes of golf for 4 people at Burlington County Club, a Vermont championship course, along with the use of 2 golf carts to make the play even more fun.

Thank you to our In-Kind Donors: Burlington County Club and Gonzo’s.


Sister’s sunset Garden

Come enjoy delicious local brewed beer and Woodchuck Cider under the sunset tent! The Sunset “Brewer’s Against Breast Cancer” Party will be open Saturday, August 3, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.with the X-Rays playing great rock and blues music which will get you out of your chairs and dancing. Festival participants wearing this year’s festival t-shirt are free to enter. For all other attendees, the cost is $5.00. Zero Gravity, 14th Star and Queen City Brewery will return as beer sponsors for the Sister’s Sunset tent.

The tent will be open again on Sunday, August 4, from 12 – 4 p.m., and will feature several special local beer, including Zero Gravity and 14th Star beer, Queen City Brewery, Woodchuck Cider, and wine offerings as well. You’ll also find amazing music at The Sunset Garden: Local musician Zach Rhoads will be offering awesome entertainment!  All entries are free on Sunday. Come on in, relax, enjoy a beverage, and listen to some tunes by the lake.

Thanks to our friends for making the Woodchuck Cider Garden possible:


Each year, Dragonheart Vermont engages a local artist to create a print to depict the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. This year’s featured artist is Nancy Stalnaker.

Having grown up in Connecticut painting alongside her mom, Nancy Stalnaker has been a New England artist her whole life. Though being surrounded by a family full of talented artists of many media and completing a minor concentration in Fine Arts at Syracuse University in 1976, she considers herself to be largely self-taught in studio arts. In 2010 Nancy returned to watercolor painting after work and family commitments had sidelined her creative activities for many years. She now happily advances her artwork by painting her favorite land and waterscapes full-time in her studio at The Green House in Burlington’s south end.

Nancy Stalnaker will be celebrating 10-years as a breast cancer survivor this year as she honors Dragonheart Vermont (DHVT) with her work representing our 2019 Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Having made it a priority to give back through artwork donations and fundraising efforts for selected local charitable organizations, Nancy is delighted to support DHVT; she has many touchpoints with the Burlington-area cancer community. For 25 years Nancy formed connections with those involved in the breast cancer treatment and support community as Director of the Research Protections Office at UVM and UVM Medical Center; most of which with co-worker Penni Cross, the now former Executive Director of DHVT.  You can see and learn more about Nancy’s many talents at her website: nancystalnaker.com/

Entertainment Schedule

Racers and spectators alike can find a variety of entertainment throughout the day at various places around the festival grounds. Our entertainers are known throughout the area and region.

Take a look at our 2018 entertainment list below and check back as we get closer to the 2019 Festival to see this year’s entertainment.


2018 Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival – Entertainment Schedule


Burlington Taiko Group performs outside Main Stage Tent


Maiden Vermont performs inside Main Stage Tent


Jeh Kulu Performs, Spirit Awards announcement


Breast Cancer Survivor Flower Ceremony with vocal tribute by Bonnie Jean Aharonian and Suzanne Blanchard


Woodchuck Hard Cider Garden Opens


Zach Rhoads performs in the Main Stage Tent


Sambatucada performs in Athletes’ Village


VT Chinese School of Dance performs


Woodchuck Hard Cider Garden closes