FAQ

 

When is the Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival?

-The Festival Opening Ceremonies are Friday, August 18. Races will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

 

What is SMCR, Inc.?

-SMCR, Inc. advocates for, and promotes, social, recreational and educational opportunities for individuals with developmental differences. Find out more here>    http://www.somdcr.org/about-us/

 

How do I make a donation?

-Click here >  DONATE NOW  to instantly donate through PayPal or mail your check payable to SMCR,  PO Box 560, Solomons, Maryland, 20688.                 

 

How do I become a corporate sponsor?

-Please visit our Sponosrs page to download the prospectus, or email us at info@solomonsdragonboatfestival.com  with your contact information. You may also call us at 410-474-2398.

 

How do I volunteer?

-Please click on the volunteer tab for more information. You can also email your question(s) to SolomonsDragonBoatVolunteers@gmail.com  Someone will contact you to help you decide where to put your talents to good use!

 

What time should I arrive?

-We advise those attending the Opening Ceremonies to note that parking may be limited, therefore carpooling is encouraged when possible.

*Arrive early in the day on Saturday. Shuttles will run on Saturday only. Be sure to plan ahead for shuttle travel time between parking lots and the festival area.  National Anthem and Color Guard will begin at approximately 8:30am, followed by a Parade of Teams, with races starting at 9:00am. Races will end by 4:00pm. An Awards Ceremony will immediately follow the last race. Check the events page often as more detailed information is added.

 

Where do I park?

-On SATURDAY parking will be available in the field next to the Thomas Johnson Bridge (sometimes known as the Solomons Bridge)  A free shuttle will run from the parking lot & around the island in a continuous loop. Shuttles will run on SATURDAY only. Accessible parking will be located along the Solomons Riverwalk, closer to  the races this year.

 

How do I use the shuttle?

-On SATURDAY shuttles will continuously loop from the parking lots to festival area and back, stopping at designated stops as needed. Shuttle is free! Shuttles will run on Saturday only. Last shuttle to parking will be at 4:30pm. 

 

My friends and I want to get a team together but we've never paddled before, can we still participate?

-Sure! Lots of teams enter without any prior experience, but don't worry, we have the pros from  22Dragons to give you pointers & keep you safe, plus we'll make sure your team has the opportunity to sign up for a free practice session the week prior to race day. In the meantime, why not check out some dragon boating videos on youtube to get your team motivated and ready to race!

 

How many paddlers do I need on my team?

-Each Team must have 16 paddlers, 2 alternates and a drummer. If you don't have enough members we can combine you with another group or assign some individual paddlers to your team. All paddlers, alternates and drummers must sign a paddler waiver form, which can be found by clicking here >  waivers/forms  Minimum age to paddle is 12 w/permission.

 

I want to paddle but I don't have a team. Can you help?

-Sure, just go to the Team Info. page and fill in the contact form or email us here: SolomonsDragonBoatTeam@gmail.com .

 

How much is the registration fee?

-The registration fee for each team is $2,000.00.  The registration fee for an individual paddler is $120.00. This nonrefundable fee will support programs for our community members with developmental differences. For additional important info, click here for the Team Info. page.

 

What is the deadline for payment of team registration fees?

Registration deadlines for 2018 can be found here > Team Info.  Special payment arrangements may be available, please contact us to discuss. All deposits/installment payments are non-refundable. You can pay through Paypal or by checks made payable to SMCR, Inc.. Proceeds will benefit SMCR's programs for individuals with developmental differences. Please click here to jump to registration and waiver > Forms 

 

How do I register my team?

-Please visit our Team Info  page for lots of important information.

or jump to our team Forms page.

    

How does my team practice?

-Boats will be available the week before the race.  Our Teams Coordinator will be in touch with all team captains and individual paddlers to schedule a practice time for everyone. 

 

What do you wear when you race?

-You will be on the water.  All paddlers on the water be required to wear Coast Guard approved PFDs (personal floatation device) which will be provided by 22 Dragons staff. Water or water friendly shoes should also be worn, but other than that -let your imagination run wild!  Remember we'll have awards for the best team costumes, best drummer costume, and best team tent!

 

Where does my team gather on race day?

-Your team will be assigned a spot in our Team Village. Bring a tent, lawn chairs, coolers, and any supplies you like. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Remember this is a family friendly event and as paddlers you will be working hard to beat the competition.

 

Is food available?

-Yes!  There will be a food vendor area with kid friendly foods, or visit one of the fine restaurants on the island for lunch. 

 

How do I register for a vendor space in the "Vendor Village"?

-Vendor requests for 2018 can be found on the Vendors page. The vendor village will be open untilapprox.3:30pm on Sat. only. Vendors can begin set up no earllier than 7:00am and must be out by 5:00pm.  No electricity will be provided.

 

How do I register for the food vendor area?

-Please visit the Vendors page for 2018 information. The food vendor area will be open until approx. 3:30pm on Sat. only.  Food vendors will begin set up at 6:30am and must be out by 4:00pm. No electricity will be provided.

 

 

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