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Meet Chicago Northwest welcomes Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival to Lake Arlington, Arlington Heights

GWN Dragon Boat in Chicago NorthwestBrings hundreds of visitors to community for weekend of dragon boat racing and festival on July 29, 2017

Arlington Heights, IL (July 18, 2017) – The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival returns to Arlington Heights for another year of racing, sport and community.

For five years, Lake Arlington has hosted the event that’s been recognized as the Best Single-Sport Event by SportsTravel Awards. The festival will feature thirty dragon boat teams from the Midwest region. Everyone in the community is welcome to come cheer on the teams and discover the magic of 22 hearts beating as one.

GWN Dragon Boat at Lake ArlingtonThe weekend’s festivities are an opportunity to immerse the community in the culture and spirit of dragon boat racing, which dates back 2,500 years to ancient China. Beyond the water competition, festivalgoers can enjoy festival staples such as the Vendor Village, Kids Zone and Food Truck Bazaar. Ascene Chicago is presenting the Asian Cultural Village with multicultural performances, musical acts, workshops and demonstrations throughout the day.

The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival benefits a local charity, Adaptive Adventures. Funds raised through the event will help to provide progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and wounded veterans with physical disabilities. To raise funds or donate, visit

WHAT: Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival

WHO: Competitive and community dragon boat teams

WHEN: Saturday July 29, 2017, 9AM to 3PM

WHERE: Flentie Park on Lake Arlington, 2201 N. Windsor Drive, Arlington Heights, IL

The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival is located on Lake Arlington. All the action takes place at Flentie Park, from 9AM-3PM. Festivities are free and open to the public. More information on the event can be found at For more information, call 1-855-496-2628.


GWN Dragon Boat ( is North America’s largest full-service dragon boat event production company. GWN is contracted to provide varying levels of service to over 30 annual festivals in Canada and the United States. GWN is the creator and owner of the only dragon boat event series in North America, Major League Dragon Boat, producing ten festival properties throughout the year. Since its inception in 1993, GWN has been involved in the production of both National and International level competitions, the execution of over 450 festivals, and has been the leader in developing the sport in local communities across North America.,


Adaptive Adventures’ mission is to provide progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. At Adaptive Adventures, 84 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to programs. They are the largest provider of Adapted Sports for veterans in Illinois and the Midwest. In 2016, over 1500 participants joined us for 5,500 days of programs from 42 states. Over 33% of our participants are military and half of the veterans were wounded in combat post 9/11. Adaptive Adventures is the leading advocate for dragon boat racing growth among wounded veterans in the USA. For more information please contact them at or

GWN Dragon Boat Media Contact:

Aaron Soroka
Chief Operating Officer
Great White North Communications Inc.

Meet Chicago Northwest Contact:

Dave Parulo

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