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Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash

The Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is one of the premier community events in Fort Dodge. The event is a fun filled, family friendly weekend that includes everything from a rock concert on the beach to the thrill of community teams competing in the centuries old Chinese sport of dragon boat racing. It’s the perfect mix of community building and team building, not to mention a ton of fun.

We are back on the beach for the 2021 Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash!  We are thrilled to announce that Lone Tree Revival will be the headliner for this summer’s Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash, Aug 13th & 14th, 2021.  Lone Tree Revival is an American Rock Band with a funky back beat and a soulful horn section. We are excited to bring this talented group of local artists to our stage. The Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is now one of the longest standing events in the Midwest. We are proud that the community support and participation has made this distinction possible, and we are excited that teams are already registering for the 2021 event.

Event Schedule

Friday, August 13, 2021

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Badger Lake Kennedy Park

Highlighting this summer’s celebration is the band Lone Tree Revival, an American Rock Band with a funky back beat and a soulful horn section.

Team Dinner, Children’s Activities, Presentation of Colors, Introduction of Teams & Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony – All part of Friday night’s celebration.  #ThisIsFortDodge

Event-Schedule-PicSaturday, August 14, 2021

Beginning at 7:00 am Badger Lake Kennedy Park Start Saturday morning off with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. Racing starts as 8:00 am and  will go on through out the day.  Each race will consist of one 300 meter heat. All teams will compete in at least 1 time trial race.  The teams will be ranked based on total times of time trial race/races and grouped into divisions based on those rankings.  The top teams in each division will compete for divisional championships. A Breast Cancer Survivor Ceremony precedes the divisional racing champions and the day ends with the Awards Ceremony. A large array of food and drink will be available.  Alcoholic beverages are not permitted to be brought on site. Beer will be available for purchase. #ThisIsFortDodge




The 25th Annual Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash

Friday August 13, 2021

Badger Lake Kennedy Park

Fort Dodge IA 

5:30 p.m. Gates Open

Team Dinner Begins

6:00 Children’s Games

6:45 Presentation of Colors

6:50 Introduction of Teams

7:00 – 8:30 “Lone Tree Revival” takes the stage

8:30 Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony

9:00 – 10:30 “Lone Tree Revival” 

Fireworks Finale


Saturday August 14, 2021

Badger Lake Kennedy Park

Fort Dodge IA

7:00 – 10:00 a.m. Noon Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

8:00 Captain’s Meeting

8:30 Racing All Day

Breast Cancer Survivor Ceremony (during lunch)

Awards Following Racing

August 13 - August 14
Kennedy Park
1415 Nelson Ave
Fort Dodge, IA 50501 United States
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