Dragon Boats Move Across Flathead Lake to Lakeside
We don't know of another event that has grown so quickly as the Montana Dragon Boat Festival at Flathead Lake.
Started in 2012 by the Kalispell Convention & Visitor Bureau, the September event has been held near Bigfork on the east side of Flathead Lake. Last year, over 1,825 paddlers and about 3,500 spectators attended - and it was only its third year!
In a news release, the visitor bureau noted that because of the burgeoning crowds and also due to better wind conditions, a plan was developed move the festival to the west side of the lake in the town of Lakeside. That plan was approved Tuesday, April 7, by the Flathead County Board of Adjustments.
The organizers thanked the community of Bigfork and Flathead Lake Lodge for making the festival so popular. They expect further growth with move to Lakeside.
The two-day event has both competitive and recreational 46-foot-long dragon boat races, using 20 paddlers, a drummer and steersman.
You can register at their website. You don't even need to bring a boat!
David Fetveit, Lakeside-Somers Chamber of Commerce president, said, "We look forward to bringing this exciting, family-oriented event to our community for the first time."