OSWEGO – Businesses, friends, and family are all encouraged to join the Oswego Dragon Boat Festival as it returns from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, in Oswego’s waterfront Breitbeck Park. The day will be filled with live music featuring the band Off the Reservation, Dragon Boat racing, the colorful team tent city, Heroes Challenge race, games, food and more.
Team registration fees includes seats for 16-20 plus a drummer, one practice day before the event, plus entry into Saturday’s festival. Event rates vary and teams are encouraged to register by June 1 and to receive the $100 discount. Teams should call the Oswego YMCA at 315-342-6082 to reserve a boat.
Spectators will be able to watch authentic 40’ Hong-Kong style dragon boats as they race in the Oswego Harbor channel behind the park. Evening practice sessions will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and continue through Friday, Aug. 5.
The Oswego Dragon Boat Festival also includes a midday special event, the Heroes Challenge, a race between area emergency service providers including police, fire, ambulance and more.
Racing and more continues throughout the day on Saturday, Aug. 6 and will include games, food, and live music starting at 1 p.m. with the band Off The Reservation, from support from Mayor William J. Barlow, Jr., and the city of Oswego.
In addition to dragon boat activities, the city of Oswego will also host Family Fun Days throughout the park.
The Oswego Dragon Boat Festival is a free summer happening for spectators that highlights Oswego’s Bretibeck park area park and waterway. Proceeds from this event provide financial support of Oswego YMCA programs that directly impact the children, families, and seniors in the community.