WaterFest/ArtFest August 16-18: Dragon Boat Races, Music & Artists

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

By Justin Lalancette

WaterFest/ArtFest 2013

Photo Credit: Standard-Freeholder

The Sun Life Cornwall Waterfest has quickly grown to become one of our city’s most popular events of the year. Held on the third weekend of August, this year’s edition of WaterFest will be staged at the historic old Cornwall Canal. There will also be a Strongman Competition (on the Saturday of festival weekend), in addition to the classic Dragon Boat Races. Sunday’s events include the Water Run and also the Walk for Heart. ArtFest is a unique feature which occurs on both days this year. New to the event is the WaterFest Stage, which will be having live local musicians performing throughout the festival. The heartwarming Traditional Flower Ceremony will take place prior to the last race of the day along with the Dragon Egg Draw!

Bonus to all the fun times, it’s a charity event that raises money for the local office Heart & Stroke  Foundation (an organisation with goals to develop further work on heart and stroke diseases, health promotion and education).

Did you know that heart disease and stroke is the number one cause of death for women, and that 1 in 3 people die from heart disease and stroke?

Your participation at the Sun Life Cornwall WaterFest would not only be pleasant, but much appreciated and will make a positive difference! Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, you can join a team on the webpage Dragon Boat where you can sign up for a community team! It’s a great way to try out dragon boat racing for the first time or for experienced dragon boat racers to get in a bit of extra practice time and help others learn about the sport.

Come participate in one of the challenging activities! You can also make a team to compete in the Dragon Boat Races or other events of the weekend! It’s always perfect if you come to cheer on the competitors at the beautiful Cornwall waterfront with your friends and family! For more information, make sure to checkout the official Sun Life Cornwall WaterFest.

Dragon Boat Race Schedule

The race schedule is set the weekend prior to the event and will be emailed out to all team captains on the Monday before race day.  It is up to the captain to ensure that their email contact information is completed on the registration form. There will be practice on the Friday evening prior to race day for those teams who wish to take advantage of a practice prior to race day.  Space is limited for the Friday night practice so will be on an as registered first come first served basis.

Prior to race day every team registered is put into the schedule for two races.  Teams can request to race against a specific team and the race director will do their best to accommodate such requests but are not guaranteed.

Full Schedule

Friday, August 16th, 2013
Dragon Boat Practice Runs – 6 pm

Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Dragon Boat Race  Captains Meeting 8:15 am
First Race 8:30 am
Art Fest – 10 am
Strongman Competition – 9 am
Dragon Egg Drop – 4 pm (Immediately after final race)
Waterfest Stage – 11am – 8pm

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
Art Fest – 10 am
Water Run – 10 am
Waterfest Stage -10 am – 4 pm
Walk For Heart – 12 pm

 For more information, visit the WaterFest website here.