This weekend, August 27-28 is the 9th annual Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival. Located in Superior, WI at Barker’s Island, the festival is one of the few dragon boats races in the United States. This festival, organized by the Superior and Harbortown Rotary clubs features over 80 teams that will compete in the dragon boat races.
A dragon boat features a large wooden carved dragon on the bow and consists of a team of 20 paddlers, one drummer, and a steerer. The boats and races themselves originated in Ancient China, although the Lake Superior races have been around since 2002.
It may be too late to put together a team for this year’s race, but this weekend’s festival on Barker Island and the Superior Bay is a fun filled event with races, entertainment, and live music throughout the weekend. For an offbeat adventure and some exciting amateur races, I highly recommend taking a drive up to Superior for this year’s event.