VILLAGE OF LAKE ORION, Mich — Orion Art Center today announced the addition of the first annual Student Athlete Dragon Boat Races to their summer festival Dragon on the Lake! They are excited to invite local high school teams to join them for some friendly competition in Green’s Park on Saturday, August 27th, with festivities beginning at 2pm. For their inaugural year, they are not only asking local high school athletes, coaches and families to represent their schools, they are also racing in honor of those who were affected by the tragedies experienced at Oxford High School last November.
Teams are composed of 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and a steersperson. Dragon Boats, life vests and steersperson will be provided by the Orion Art Center at the event. The race is 300 meters and takes between 2 to 3 minutes to complete by teams working in unison. Each team will have the chance to race three times over the afternoon, leading to a 2022 champion. Teams are encouraged to bring their cheering section, alternate rowers and 1-2 tents to set up “base camp” in the park during the day. We recommend bringing chairs, snacks, coolers for water/soft drinks and decorations to show off your school spirit!

The event will begin with an Opening Ceremony at 2pm (lunch provided for teams) and will finish with a Dragon Boat Award Ceremony. Medals will be awarded for the top finishing teams along with additional awards for the following: Best Dragon Boat Drummer, Best Dragon Boat Team Spirit and Best Dragon Boat Costumes.

Downtown Lake Orion comes alive during the Orion Art Center’s annual Dragon on the Lake Festival! The festival begins this year on Thursday, August 25 and runs through Sunday August, 28. They celebrate art, music, Dragon Boat Racing and a lot of fun, with an event for all ages. The festival brings together dozens of organizations, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of participants. From Dragon Boat Races on Lake Orion, to loads of entertainment, there’s something for everyone.