2016 Dragon Boat Festival and Other Notes

In addition to the Dragon Boat Festival, here are some other notes:

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to facilitate the repair of three wickets at Locks and Dam 52.  However, this situation has led to the dramatic lowering of the Ohio River pool.  Due to the low level, the boat launch at the foot of Broadway is closed beginning this afternoon.  Barricades have been placed at the launch.  The closure and low water levels will not affect this Saturday’s Dragon Boat Festival.  The dragon boats will be able to be launched even if the water level is lower than normal.
  • The St. Mary Cross Country Invitational is this Saturday at Noble Park.  This meet which includes elementary, middle, and high school races attracts hundreds of runners.  Races begin at 9 a.m.  For the safety of the runners, access to Noble Park will be limited to the baseball field parking lot off Park Avenue.  Once the races have concluded, all of the gates to Noble Park will reopen.
  • The annual Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show organized by the Lone Oak Lions Club is this weekend at Carson Park. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The streets will remain open during the parade, but please use caution and be aware of the traffic control.  The parade route is as follows:  begin out the front entrance of Carson Park and proceed south on Joe Clifton Drive to Jefferson Street; turn right onto Jefferson and proceed west for one block; turn right (north) onto North 30th Street; and enter Carson Park from the rear gate.


River Discovery Center’s Dragon Boat Festival This Saturday

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.