The dragon boats are coming back to Rocketts Landing on Richmond’s James River.
Dragon boats are huge, decorated, megacanoes staffed by 20 synchronized paddlers (hopefully they are synchronized!), one drummer, and one steering person. Races start at 8 AM and the dragon boats race 500 meters up the river. There’s entertainment, food vendors, all sorts of fun. The dragon boats are staffed by clubs from all over the midatlantic region, groups from businesses and corporations, sororities, fraternities, and just plain ole friends and last year 30 teams competed.
More Information and to sign up a team! Bring a chair, sit on the banks of the James and watch the racers! Festival should end around 4 PM.
Just up the river at 3 PM at Tredegar and South Seventh Streets, watch the duck drop that benefits the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities. This is the 22nd Annual Duck Race and there are 12 prizes this year; the top prize is a 2011 Nissan Versa! To buy one duck to enter the race is only $6 and packages range all the way up to $250 Gold Duck Backer that includes 52 duck entries, a 2011 t-shirt, souvenir rubber duck to take home, 2 VIP passes for event day and 2 tickets to Bow-Tie Cinemas Movieland Complex. Duck Sales.
Starting at 11 AM on Brown’s Island, you’ll find a free, family event with inflatables, characters, rock walls, vendors, free snow cones provided by Captain D’s.
Saturday July 30 2011 the James River in downtown Richmond is the center of attraction for fun and excitement. If you’re coming from out of town, you might want to consider Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, located in the historic Fan District, 1 mile west of downtown, for a weekend stay. You’ll kick off your day with a hearty gourmet breakfast to stick to your ribs throughout all the fun.