It's an unlikely pairing, dragon boats and the North Woods, but the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival really captures the best of Minnesota's heartland. The three-day festival in Grand Marais celebrates one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world with a dragon boat race in Lake Superior on Saturday, July 30. Much like the locally traditional canoe, dragon boats are all about the paddles, with an average of 22 people to a boat. The festival brings a global flair into Minnesota's backyard, with racers and spectators from around the world. Other fun events throughout the weekend will include a parade, a puppet show, local eats, a dragon pancake breakfast, and a dragon egg hunt. For the past seven years this family-friendly festival has been a perfect summer getaway outside the Twin Cities. Nonprofit organizations like North House Folk School, North Shore Health Care Foundation, and WTIP Community Radio will benefit from the event's proceeds, while local sponsors including the Blue Water Café, Gun Flint Tavern, and the Lake Superior Trading Post will have the chance to show off their finest wares. After the race, nature enthusiasts can check out the scenery in Grand Marais, surrounded by forest and right on the shores of the majestic Lake Superior. For more info visit www.northshoredragonboat.com or call 218.387.9076.
Thu., July 29, 5-8 p.m.; Fri., July 30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., July 31, 7 a.m.-5:45 p.m., 2010