PADUCAH, KY — The River Discovery Center is hosting the 5th annual Dragon Boat Festival in downtown Paducah on the Ohio River this Saturday, September 17. The races begin at 9 a.m. with the awards ceremony in the afternoon. The festival also includes food vendors and activities.
The Dragon Boat Festival is free for spectators. Proceeds from the team entry fees and sponsorships benefit the educational programs at the River Discovery Center.
The Dragon Boat Festival involves local teams racing in heats by paddling the dragon boats. Each boat carries 16 paddlers with a drummer in front and a professional steersman guiding the boat.
The Broadway entrance to the riverfront will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, September 16 beginning at 4 p.m. to allow teams to set up tents on the roadway above and below Wilson Stage. The Kentucky entrance to the riverfront will close at 11 p.m. Friday. Both entrances to the riverfront will reopen to the public at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday following the awards ceremony.
During the festival, Broadway will be closed at 2nd Street to the riverfront due to the large number of people who will be walking to and from the parking lot throughout the day. Water Street will be closed between Kentucky and Broadway, and the entrance to Maiden Alley will be closed at Kentucky Avenue forcing vehicles to travel down Kentucky Avenue to Water Street and turn right to follow the road behind the Carson Center.
The one-day festival attracts more than 7000 people. Contact the River Discovery Center at 270-575-9958, or visit www.riverdiscoverycenter.org for more information.