Thanks to all the paddlers, spectators and volunteers who showed up on Sunday and made the 4th annual Dragon Boat Festival a huge success!


Answers to frequently asked questions about the boat race and other race-related questions. If you didn't find your answer here, please email us at

Where can we park?


To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day and to be respectful of businesses open on Sunday, please only park in the suggested areas listed below.

Please note the following:

  • DO NOT park in the SPARTA LIBRARY lot
  • DO NOT double-park or block driveways
  • DO NOT park in spaces at Mancuso Salon, 12 Woodport Road.

To avoid confusion the Sparta Police will be posting "No Parking" signs around Lake Mohawk area so please be do not park in these areas. Police will issue tickets and tow vehicles not parked appropriately


Drop off for loading/unloading is on West Shore Trail. Sparta Police will be on site – please follow directions from the Officers and/or SEF Staff/Volunteers. NO PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN THIS AREA OF WEST SHORE.


We will be running shuttle busses from Town Hall and VFW so consider parking there and using the free shuttle. Shuttle bus from Town Hall/VFW will run from approximately 7:30AM – 10:30AM and return shuttles from 1:30PM – 4:30PM. The bus can be available for additional runs as needed between 10:30AM and 1:30PM.


  • Mohawk Avenue School – 18 Mohawk Ave
  • PNC Bank – 19 Mohawk Ave
  • Bill Wright Music – 50 Woodport Rd
  • Highlands Veterinary – 49 Woodport Rd
  • Joy Cleaners – 37 Woodport Rd
  • Chiropractic Office – 33 Woodport Rd
  • Town Hall - 65 Main Street - Upper Lot. This is an an active parking lot for the Police Dept. Only park in available spaces.
  • VFW - 66 Main Street


We've never heard of dragon boat racing, what should we expect?

Check out our page About Dragon Boat racing or watch this video to learn more about dragon boat racing-

What is a dragon boat?

Dragon boats are 46-foot, double-wide canoes that seat 20 paddlers and one drummer. Each dragon boat will also have a race organizer official on board to steer and assist.

How many people on a team?

21. 20 paddlers plus one  "drummer." You may include 3 alternates. All teams must have at least 8 female paddlers and no more than 10 paddlers can be between the ages of 15 and 17 (no paddlers under 15 permitted).

Are there any restrictions on who can be on the team?

Yes. All teams must have at least 8 female paddlers and no more than 10 paddlers can be between the ages of 15 and 17 (no paddlers under 15 permitted).

How do we register our team?

Click on any of the Register Now buttons or download the form here to register. Registration will be closed when we have 52 teams registered.

When will my team be officially registered?

Teams will be registered upon receipt of an executed team registration form, along with the deposit of 50%. Final payment is due in full by April 15 or your spot will be released. Your deposit will be forfeited unless we are able to fill your spot. If we are able to fill your spot, your deposit will be returned less $100 handling fee.

Will we be able to practice before the race?

Practice sessions will be held May 17-19.   Each team receives one practice. All teams will have the opportunity to practice during this timeframe. Practice session selection based on order of registration. Exact dates and times will be announced closer to the event.

What time are the races?

The Festival is an all day event. Opening Ceremonies are at 8:30am. The first heat for Dragon Boat races will kick off at approximately 8:50 a.m.

How many times do we race?

At least twice. Depending upon your times, you may qualify for a third finals heat.

Can individuals join a team?

There may be groups looking for members. Please like our Facebook page and follow the conversation to see who is looking for members.

We don’t have enough people to fill a boat, how can we still participate?

You are certainly welcome to join with another smaller group, or you can "sponsor" a boat that includes patrons, customers and members of your team. Like our Facebook page to see if there are individuals looking for a team to join.

What happens if it starts raining?

The festival and racing will go ahead if it is raining. Generally, the only time the racing is postponed is if lightning or high winds occur.

Is there a fee to attend the festival?

No, there is no fee to attend. It is open to the public so bring your friends and family to enjoy this community event!

Will there be food and refreshments available on site?

Yes! The Lake Mohawk Country Club will have plenty of great food and drinks available for purchase.

How do we benefit from participating?

Dragon boat racing provides your group with an adrenaline-pumping and competitive event that rewards synchronicity and teamwork. The money raised through this event goes to the Sparta Education Foundation which distributes the funds through grants to Sparta Public Schools. 

What if our team can't make it, can we get a refund?

No, there will be no refunds. If following payment a team decides not to participate, the full payment, minus a $100 holding fee, will be returned if the team notifies the Sparta Education Foundation prior to April 1, 2018. After April 1, teams will be reimbursed the full payment, minus a $100 holding fee, only if a replacement team can be named.

Please remember this is a fund raising event run entirely by volunteers that enable the Sparta Education Foundation to make ongoing charitable contributions that enrich the educational experience of children in the Sparta Public Schools.

We have looked at the website, read the FAQs, but we really want to speak to somebody about this. Who can we talk to?

Please send an e-mail to: and someone will get back to you.