Come join us for a day of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, and fun-filled activities for the whole family at the "Lure of the Dragons" dragon boat festival in Lake Lure, North Carolina. This year, we have 16 dragon boat teams and 160 dragon boat paddlers racing our 250 meter course.

In addition to the exciting dragon boat racing, the Festival features many fun cultural activities: an entertainment stage with live dance and music performances, the Dragon Land children's activity pavilion, and a variety of food, arts & crafts, and other vendors.

"Paddler's Party" at the Tiki Bar
Over 75 paddlers, drummers and event staff packed into The Tiki Bar Friday night and celebrated with food, fun, and music!
You'll find something for everyone in our merchandise area, which includes everything from unique handmade craft items to Chinese cultural gifts to athletic wear and paddling gear.
International Food Vendors
From Asian cuisine to NC Barbecue; from funnel cakes to ice cream, our food area kept hungry spectators and team members satisfied all day!
To serve as a vendor for the event, click HERE
Opening Ceremony
On Saturday Morning, the Kung Hoi Martial Arts Team lead the paddlers to the water just after the "Waking of the Dragons" ceremony and blessing by Camp Lurecrest's Dr. Jerry Martin.

The Balloon Pirates
The Balloon Pirates entertained children and adults alike as they walked through the crowds creating fanciful balloon animals, hats, and more!

The Dragon's Lair
A sectioned area of Morse Park dedicated to inflatable slide, climbling wall, and bounce house as well as face painting.


The W.B. Givens Band
The band performed twice during the event and provided toe-tappin', ear-pleasin' tunes to the event spectators and teams.

The bands unique sound blends traditional country and bluegrass with alternative rock and perfectly pitched harmonies.


Magician Bill Grimsley
He has won 6 separate awards for his close-up and stage performances and is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. As a full-time professional entertainer since 1986 he has performed in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Germany and throughout the United Sates for corporate and private special events.

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