Dragon boat festival raises more than $100K for Woodridge Hospital’s Willow project

It is one of the biggest community events in the Tri-Cities that requires strength, and speed.

The Mountain States Foundation Dragon Boat Festival was held Saturday for the first time at Warriors’ Path State Park in Kingsport.

The change in venue was because of low water levels on Boone Lake.


It was also the 10th anniversary for the festival.


This year they raised money for Woodrige Hospital’s Willow project, which benefits the hospital’s inpatient behavioral unit for children and adolescents.

As of Saturday afternoon the festival had already raised more than $100,000 for the cause.

Marsha Hammond with the Mountain States Foundation says what’s special about this event is the fact that everybody gets into the competitive spirit.

“Its my first, so I did not realize how competitive they got. Its been pretty great watching the do push ups, and jumping jacks and training for this, its serious. I love it, I love them competing with each other, and talking a little smack with each other, its great,” said Hammond.

This year the festival also added a kids paddle where children had the opportunity to race in a dragon boat with their parents.

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