Paddlers are gettting ready for the return of the Penticton Dragon Boat Festival. The festival was put on hold for 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. (Submitted)

Paddlers are gettting ready for the return of the Penticton Dragon Boat Festival. The festival was put on hold for 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. (Submitted)

Penticton Dragon Boat Festival ready to roar back in 2022

Local teams will also be competing in the Okanagan Super Sprints in June

Get your paddles out of storage because Penticton’s Dragon Boat Festival will be back in full this year.

The festival was put on hold after COVID-19, with only a mini-festival in 2021 for a few small teams, but this year it will be back in September.

“We are thrilled to be back”, said festival president Launa Maundrell. “Our festival is always held the weekend after Labour Day and teams see it as the last hurrah to summer and their racing season. 2020 would have been our 20th anniversary. Penticton holds many years of special memories for a lot of these teams, and I know they will be excited to be back in our city to celebrate the 20th annual event with us, albeit two years late.”

The Penticton Dragon Boat Festival routinely brings 80 teams and around 2,000 athletes to Skaha Lake for two days of competition, not to mention the crowds of watchers for the second largest festival in B.C.

READ MORE: Mini-Penticton Dragon Boat Festival stays COVID-19 safe on Skaha Lake

The full festival brings along vendors, food trucks and a beverage garden alongside the races on Skaha Lake.

Ahead of the festival in September, the local teams will also be training to participate in the Okanagan Super Sprints on June 10 and 11. A fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy, over the years paddlers at the super sprints have raised close to $40,000.

The super sprints are shorter distance races, which can allow teams to get race ready without the pressure that comes with a larger event. The first day is dedicated to teams aged 55+.

For more information about dragon boat paddling and the Penticton Dragon Boat Festival, sponsorship opportunities, or to join a team – email race director Don Mulhall at don@pentictondragonboat.com or call 250-488-3100.

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