Paducah Dragon Boat Festival named one of KTIA's Top 10 Fall Events

Dana Marvin
(270) 575-9958

Dragon Boat Festival

Frankfort, Kentucky, September 8, 2015 – The Kentucky Travel Industry Association has selected the Dragon Boat Festival as part of their 2015 Fall Top Festivals & Events.

The River Discovery Center brings the fastest growing international team sport to the heart of America’s inland waterways.  The 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival is held on the Ohio River, and the one-day event attracts over 7,000 people.  Dragon Boat Racing is an ancient Chinese sport dating back more than 2,500 years.  Each boat measure 41 feet, carry up to 20 paddlers, one drummer on the front and a professional steersman guiding the boat. Races are done in heats of three boats, each with the final third heat including the 15 fastest times of the day. This event on the Ohio River is full of pageantry and excitement.  Also including ancient Chinese traditions, food vendors, and children’s activities.

More information: or 270.575.9958.

A panel of impartial judges selects the Kentucky Travel Industry Association Top Festivals & Events for each season.  Criteria for selection include popularity of the event, its impact on the local tourism economy as well as cultural and historical significance.