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15th Annual Dragon Boat Upstate Festival
Saturday, August 28, 2021

Captain's Information

Event Information

Saturday, August 28, 2021
Portman Marina
1629 Marina Road, Anderson, SC 29625

What You Need To Know

Thank you for serving as captain for the 2021 Dragon Boat Upstate Festival. This event marks our 15th anniversary. We currently hold the world record in most funds raised for a Dragon Boat event, but that isn't slowing us down from raising even more funds for the cancer patients and families in our community!

In the past ten years, Dragon Boat has raised more than $3 million in support of local families and hosts more than 1,000 visitors and team members during the annual event. Paddlers, volunteers and supporters enjoy a day at the lake while supporting cancer research, survivorship programs and other cancer services at the Prisma Health Cancer Institute.

We want to make sure that all team captains and paddlers have all of the tools they need to help us continue our mission and therefore have prepared this page to be a helpful resource. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda@cbevents.org.

Captain Accountabilities:

  • All teams must raise a minimum of $3,500 before Saturday, August 28, 2021.
  • The team captain or a team member from your team must come to one of our Team Trainings. If you are unable to attend one of these trainings, you will need to set up a date and time to meet at the Prisma Health Downtown location by emailing Brenda@cbevents.org

Team Benefits Overview:

Teams can be formed from any group of people: colleagues, neighbors, friends, family, etc. Our deadline for team registration is Friday, August 27, 2021! Register your team today.

  • Each team participates in at least two race heats. Winners of preliminary heats will advance to the championship later in the afternoon.
  • Teams are encouraged to decorate their tent. Prizes will be awarded for best tailgate design and creativity.
  • Professionally set-up team tent
  • Free team access to tent village
  • Team signage
  • Team t-shirts
  • Team photo
  • Personal and team Dragon Boat Festival fundraising web pages
  • One team practice night

Safety Information

The Dragon Boat Upstate Festival is a patient- and community-centered event with an emphasis on safety. We will continue to enforce a strict intolerance to questionable behavior from all attendees. Any decision to pull an individual or entire team from participating in a race will be made in concert with Prisma Health and 22 Dragons staff, along with contracted special event security. If questionable behavior continues, individuals or entire teams can be asked to leave Portman Marina altogether.

Children under the age of 16 are highly discouraged from attending the Dragon Boat Upstate Festival due to the nature of this event. If participants do not make alternate childcare arrangements, they will be required to pre-register any child under age 16 on the Dragon Boat website and pay a mandatory $25 fee and complete a liability waiver. This does not allow a child to participate in the day’s festivities, but simply ensures safety precautions are being followed. Children who accompany a parent to the event must be under adult supervision at all times and remain at the team’s designated tent area at all times. If safety regulations are not followed, you will be asked to leave the event.

Pets are not permitted at the event, with the only exception being for service animals. Any attendee that shows up with a pet will be asked to leave the event immediately.

These safety regulations are in place to keep the focus of the day on cancer. For any questions about this policy, please contact Brenda@cbevents.org.


Captains and their teams are encouraged to fund raise between now and August 28, using the Dragon Boat Upstate Festival website. Fundraising is a team effort and while it isn't required to participate in the event, every paddler can help raise money for cancer research. Most teams raise more than the required $3,500 through supportive friends or matching donations.

Prizes will be awarded to the top two non-sponsored teams at the event. To be eligible, you may not be a corporate sponsored team and you must raise a minimum of $10,000. Fundraising deadline to be eligible for prizes: August 27 at 5 p.m.

Visit our Fundraising 101 page for fundraising and donation collection process and helpful tips.


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Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!