So what is the actual event like? Think of this as the ultimate family-friendly tailgate party… On Friday, July 17th, teams will arrive at Lake Willastein to set up and decorate their tents. Most teams will bring a tent, lawn chairs, tables, grills, and ice chests. There will be music from 7pm – 9pm. During this time there will be food trucks, teams will be grilling at their tents, meeting other teams, and just enjoying the start of this great event. Shortly after sunset, there will be a professional firework display to officially kick off the event! Police officers will be stationed in the festival area all night, so teams can leave their tents, chairs, etc. will be safe overnight.On race day the fun will resume at 8am, with team dressed in a variety of wild costumes, performing in the first heat of races. This is when corporate and community teams race for glory and prizes. During races, there will be a number of things for folks to enjoy onshore including a DJ, food trucks, and a children’s activity area (arts & craft and more!). There will also be a number of prizes awarded throughout the day for things such as best dressed drummer, best decorated tent, and more! It’s a great family-friendly day of outdoor fun!Click the following image to see an event map for this year’s River City Dragon Boat Festival!