Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival


For the first time ever, athletes and enthusiasts are descending on Lake Hernando in Citrus County, Florida to participate in the first ever Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival. This ancient sport draws interest from professional paddlers and amateurs alike.  Such festivals are often held in Florida in late fall or early spring.  You can look forward to a fun and exciting  Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival on November the 16th, 2013 and again on March 15th, 2014.

A rapidly growing sport, Dragon Boat paddling races have been around for over 2,000 years. Dragon Boats originated in China somewhere around 220 B.C. Today, over 2 million athletes participate in this sport around the globe.  Dragon boats are elegant and graceful vessels, colored brightly with the likeness of a dragon as a figure head.  Twenty paddlers and one drummer comprise a team, moving in time to a drum beat.

Many of the contestants in this festival will represent teams from local businesses, churches, and civic organizations.  The festival is free to spectators and there will be beer wine and food available to attendees.  Much of the proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.  The event is being hosted by the Grandmasters Dragon Boat Club of The Villages and the Nature Coast Dragon Boat Club of Homosassa.

If you are coming into town for the festival, why not stay with us?  Our Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Lecanto-Inverness is only about 3 miles from the lake and we are offering discounted rates to Dragon Boast Festival attendees.  Just call our hotel and ask for the Dragon Boat Rate of $89 (about 15% off).  Our rate includes free hot breakfast (pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs, yogurt, fruit, pastries, cinnamon rolls, cereal, coffee, etc), free wireless internet, a business center, a fitness center, a heated outdoor pool, jacuzzi suites available, flat screen TVs and more!

Please call out hotel for booking info at (352) 341-3515 or visit the Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival website for event info

By Becky Schaff

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