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Lake James Dragon Boat Festival

All Day

This family-friendly event will include local and regional teams coming together to race against each other in a series of heats at North Carolina’s Lake James State Park, Paddy’s Creek Area. The event will begin in the morning on October 7, 2023, and conclude in the late afternoon. Spectators are encouraged to come to the park with their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities. Admission is free.

Food vendors and music will keep the event energetic throughout the day! Teams from all over the region set up tents on the sandy shore, ready to take to the water.

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