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Dragon on the Lake Festival in Lake Orion

Dragon boat racing is back this Aug. 22-24, 2014, and so is the annual festival, so head to downtown Lake Orion for some real family fun

Dragons may breathe fire and seem scary, but Lake Orion's version of dragons are anything but. Check out the Dragon on the Lake Festival, Aug. 22-24, 2014, to experience the coolest boat racing you've seen in a while.

Back again this year, Dragon on the Lake prepares for another fun festival for all racers, observers, visitors and fans. Register your family to be a part of 20 paddlers racing a 41-foot dragon boat across Lake Orion. It's a fun and fair game as both beginner and experienced racers enjoy the adrenaline rush of working as a team to go 300 meters to finish line, all while having fun doing it.

It's not just for the young and fit ones in your family, people of all ages and fitness levels can participate. Registrants will also get a training session on Saturday and three chances to race on Sunday.

But if you're planning on attending just to observe the races, make sure you stop by the second annual Lakeside Living Art Fair that's conveniently located near the festival area, and features over 50 national and local artists.

Speaking of art: Take some time to participate in the chalk art workshop, where more than $500 in prizes will be given away to those who win the artwork challenge!

There will also be a lighted boat parade led by a fire-breathing dragon, a 5K run, beer and wine tent for mom and dad, Xtreme Zone for teens and kids zone for the little ones.

Event times are as follows:

  • Friday: dusk
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

All festival activities are free. However, registration for boat racing is available online and costs a fee.

See the Metro Parent listing for more on the Dragon on the Lake Festival in downtown Lake Orion.

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