Lake Lure’s “Lure of the Dragons” race and festival combines fun festivities with team building and exciting competition! With drums pounding out stroke cadence, up to 34 corporate and community teams will paddle 250 meters down the Rocky Broad River in 30-foot long dragon boats dressed out in dragon heads, tails and scales! All competing for first place and all in the name of children's charities!
Exciting? You bet! The inaugural “Lure of the Dragons” festival attracted 22 teams, 264 paddlers, and 2000+ spectators. The Lure of the Dragons is the only race in the United States to exclusively feature the thirty-foot, 10 paddler, small boats. We race to raise funds for our charitable partners: Camp Lurecrest and The Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach Center, to promote the sport of Dragon Boat Racing in Western North Carolina, and finally to provide a free and fun family event!