The Dragon Boat Race and Festival is the premier sporting event of the year! A favorite in North Alabama, dragon boat racing is the one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the most fun, unique cultural event featuring adrenaline-pumping action. Dragon boat racing grows in popularity each year, with more than 50 million people in 63 countries participating with teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerer racing in authentic, 46-foot-long dragon boats. Participants rave about the excitement, diversity, friendly competition and community spirit surrounding the event. Teams of all ages, skill levels, sizes and shapes take part. This all-inclusive event is the ultimate team building sport – requiring rhythm and finesse rather than brawn to succeed. This event is free to the public to attend. Teams compete for the title of Grand Champion while raising money for the thousands treated at Decatur Morgan Hospital.