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CANCELED: Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival: July 29 - August 1, 2020

2020 Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival Canceled
15th Annual Event was scheduled July 29-August 1

(Bemidji, MN) (June 1, 2020) – Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival scheduled
for July 29-August 1 has been canceled. All teams registration fees that have been paid will be refunded in full.

“We kept hope that we would be able to hold the festival but with social distancing guidelines expected to still be in place at the time of our event which is now just 8 weeks away, it is time to make the difficult decision to cancel for this year so all involved can be notified well in advance” said Scott Turn, Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival Co-Chair “The festival has become one of the summer traditions in the region and it’s been a family tradition for many including me personally. Both my daughters have grown up with Dragon Boats every summer. It’s sad it won’t be possible this year but we’ll regroup and look forward to bringing the event back in 2021” added Brian Bissonette, Lake Bemidji
Dragon Boat Festival Planning Committee Member and Festival Announcer.

“The Bemidji Rotary and Bemidji Chamber want to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers for all of their support of the festival. This is truly a community event that raises money for many great organizations that make our community a better place to live and work. Our organizations will continue to help those in need impacted by the pandemic as much as we can but we will miss not being together the first weekend of August like we have for so many years!” added Abby Randall, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director “While we’re disappointed not to be able to continue our Taco Fest tradition this year, we are supportive of this decision and believe it’s in the best interest of our community. Even though we won’t be able to gather this year, the need for strong local health care is greater than ever before, and we hope our community continues to show their support in the months to come,” said Cynthia Rooney-Olson, Executive Director, Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota Foundation.

The 2021 Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival is set for August 4-7, 2021. Race Day is always on the first Saturday in August. For more information on the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival visit

The Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival features four days of fun for the entire family. After all, it’s not just about Dragon Boat racing: festival activities include great food, music, kid’s activities, a parade of teams, cultural performances, camaraderie and much more all along the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji. Dragon Boat racing is fun, fast-paced and engaging for spectators. It’s currently the fastest growing water sport in the nation! Between racers, family, friends, volunteers and spectators, we again anticipate thousands of people at the Lake Bemidji waterfront during the course of the event.

Click here to check out the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival Web Site!