The year was 2010 when the Asian Festival promoted an exhibition of dragon boat racing on the Scioto Mile River in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The non-profit, arts-and-culture organization recruited two paddling teams and choreographed the event, and thus was born the city’s first Dragon Boat Race.
From these modest beginnings, the Dragon Boat Race has grown to include more than twenty contending crews, with a generous wellspring of support coming from our non-profit partners, corporate sponsors, the city of Columbus, and dozens of volunteers.
Every year since then, Asian Festival hosts this exciting water sport, part of its collection of celebrations that foster a better understanding of Asian culture and promote cross-cultural exchange. These events include the Asian Games and the main Festival at Franklin Park.
Open to the public and free of charge, these celebrations fall within May, highlighting the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and bringing greater visibility to the Asian-American communities in Central Ohio.
Want To Compete?
The Columbus Asian Festival welcomes all to compete at our annual Dragon Boat Race. Whether you are interested in forming a team for your workplace, your organization, your school, or you are looking to get your buddies together to race on the Scioto River, and the process is simple.
The DBR Committee is dedicated to making your experience at our event the best possible. We wholeheartedly welcome your participation for the goodwill and the stronger community it fosters. We are committed to working with each team individually to accommodate your needs and make your dragon boating experience fun and enjoyable.
That’s our pledge to you!