The Chautauqua Lake Dragon Boat Race announces the schedule of events for August 12 at the Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron NY. The event features a full day of racing with over 25 community and club teams competing this year. In addition to all the fun on the water the park comes alive with friends, family and community spectators cheering the teams on. The event is free and open to the public.
The day starts with a pancake breakfast fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area. Breakfast is open to the public and will be served from 7:30- 10:30 a.m.; the cost will be $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and $3 for coffee and a pastry item.
The opening ceremony and waking of the dragon at 9am kicks off racing with the teams competing throughout the day and advancing into the afternoon finals. Food and craft vendors will be available throughout the day, along with several non-profit tables hosting family friendly activities.
Following the awards ceremony, at approximately 4pm, the grand finale of the day’s events will conclude with the Rubber Ducky Race. Hosted by the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, the Ducky Race is a community fundraiser to benefit the Chautauqua Lake Association and Lakers Disabled Sled Hockey Team. Last year almost 2,500 duckies were launched into Chautauqua Lake raising over $12,000.
Heather Nolan, co-chair of the planning committee states, “CHQ Dragon Boat Race has something for everyone whether you are a race participant or community spectator. This event is a great opportunity for the whole community to come together, bring awareness to and raise funds to benefit the lake.”
The 2017 Chautauqua Lake Dragon Boat Race has been made possible through the generous support of local sponsors: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Kharram Grotto, The Resource Center, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., Chautauqua Council 202UCT, Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, New Flyer of America, Rotary Club of Jamestown, SKF USA, Inc., Chautauqua County IDA, Century 21/Turner Reality, Allen Street Diner, Walter Medical Inc. and Richards Hair Salon. 2017 Community Supporters: Village of Celoron, Chautauqua Lake Association, Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association, Inc. and the Riverfront Management Council.