Montana Dragon Boat Festival

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The seventh annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival is underway this weekend in Bigfork, only about 20 minutes from Kalispell. Apparently dragon boating started in China 2,500 years ago and it has become a popular event on most continents. The dragon boats are 40 feet long and 4 feet wide. Each crew includes 20 paddlers, one steerer and one drummer. Three boats race at a time, with lots of hooting and hollering before they take off. Each race is only a minute or two long, and then paddlers disembark, and the next three teams get ready to go.

 

Montana Dragon Boat FestivalThe festival often includes as many as 8,000 paddlers, and there are both competitive teams as well as non-profit groups and local businesses who might be doing the sport for the first time. Anyone who is interested in trying their hand(s) at paddling a boat can sign up at the Information booth for a free ride. The free dragon boating trials are expected to happen on Sunday around 11:30.

 

The festival runs both today (Saturday September 7th) and tomorrow. During the day today, teams will be racing until 4pm, and tomorrow the semi-finals get underway at 9am. In addition to the races, there are children's activities, some food vendors, as well the entire town of Bigfork to explore. Parking is at the Bigfork schools, and you can either walk down to the Marina Cay spectator area, or can take a shuttle to the event.

 

After personally visiting the Dragon Boat Festival this morning, I can attest that this is a great way to spend some time this weekend! And there are plenty of places to eat or shop in Bigfork, so bring along your walking shoes and wallet.

 

Yet another fun thing to do in beautiful Northwest Montana!

 

See montanadragonboat.com for more information.

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

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Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Brian England - the people in the dragon boats were having a blast. Hootin' and hollerin!

Sep 08, 2019 01:22 PM #15
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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 I am so happy that you have landed in Kalispell and I could hardly wait to see your career blossom in Montana. Welcome back to the rain Kat Palmiotti 

Sep 09, 2019 05:39 PM #16
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Kat Palmiotti - Big Fork is one of the cities I explored the last time I was there but had no idea they had a Dragon Boat Festival. How fun is that! I can't wait to hear more about it. Your posts exude happiness and I am so happy you're enjoying yourself. It sounds as if you been given a new life!  

Sep 09, 2019 05:50 PM #17
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Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - the last month of my life has been SOOO interesting!

 

Sep 09, 2019 05:52 PM #18
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I'm really having such a blast. I feel as though I came home, even though I've never lived here before. At least not in this lifetime. Haha. And in a few days I will meet you! How amazing is that!

 

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Kat Palmiotti - Yippie! I can't wait! Your energy is going to be contagious and I can't wait to introduce you to some of the great writers I know and for us to hang out. My suitcase is packed and mentally, I'm ready for take-off!  It will be great to feel cool air again too and most of all to finally meet you at the destination we both were dreaming about long before we both knew. How cool is that?

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Hi Kat:

Well you are certainly jumping in and getting to know about the greater Kalispell MT area and all there is to do. The Dragon Boat Festival sounded pretty impressive...that's a lot of paddlers! I'm enjoying learning more about the area through your eyes, and no doubt you are as well!

Jeff

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Jeff Dowler, CRS - it was fun listening to them hoot & holler!

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 Are you studying for your Montana real estate license. You paint such a beautiful picture of your new domain kat...

Sep 12, 2019 07:08 AM #23
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I am studying, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - About 3 more weeks until the exam date...

I'm glad the picture I'm painting is beautiful - it's exactly whta this area looks like.

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Looks like a lot of fun on a beautiful blue sky day!

Sep 14, 2019 05:38 AM #25
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It was a wonderful day Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl 

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I'm so excited for you Kat Palmiotti - and your excitement is palpable. It appears and if you are embracing your new home and lifestyle with open hearts and open arms. 

Sep 16, 2019 07:15 AM #27
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I am! This is such a wonderful place.

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Wow Kat,  You are doing good at learning what is happening in your area.  We were in Yellowstone last week and just out side in your state also and so 12 grizzlies and 15 wolves and 8 moose.

 

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Wow, Will Hamm - you definitely saw a lot of animals! I haven't seen any grizzlies, wolves or moose yet. Just deer, turkeys, grouse. I did hear a bunch of coyotes one night. And we saw a elk sign, but no elk. How exciting!

I hope the grizzlies were far away!

Sep 16, 2019 12:22 PM #30
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Kat,  one Grizzly was about 75 yards away from us and a black bear was 20 yards.

 

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I'm loving how you have totally embraced Montana, Kat! How lucky are those real estate clients in your area going to be when they work with you - you give your heart & soul...and then some!

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Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS ! I'm having such a great time!

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I'm surprised you have any time for blogging with a new place to explore and other things to do!

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