Paddling together makes for great results!

  • All proceeds benefit Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build simple, decent, affordable housing for partnership families.
  • As a Christian ministry, Habitat works toward this vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need.
  • Houses are built with local volunteer labor.
  • The houses are sold to each family at no profit and with no interest.
  • We are grateful for generous community support and ask for your volunteer help!


8th Annual Habitat Dragon Boat Festival ~ Sat., Aug. 17, 2019

Registration OPEN. . . . deadline: Aug. 2, 2019!

Register & pay in full now and select BOTH your team tent site AND practice time!

Team Entry Fee – $2,100

  • You select – 20 paddlers, 3 alternates, 1 drummer. The steersperson is provided by Pan Am Dragon Boat
  • Receive a 60-minute practice with coach during the week prior to race
  • Tent space (20’x20’) for canopy tent in Athletes Village (no large tents or stakes in the ground)
  • Use of Equipment – boats, life jackets, paddles, steersperson (Coach)
  • Team Name & Sponsor recognition

2019 TEAMS Registered . . . . .

Alabama Teachers Credit Union
Alfa Insurance
Anesthesia Associates, P.A.
Cintas Corporations
Exchange Bank of Alabama
Gadsden Parks & Recreations
Gadsden Public Works
Koch Foods
Lyons HR
Peterson Industrial, Inc.
Riverview Regional Medical Center
St. James Catholic Church
Vulcan Value Partners

2019 Major Sponsors


2019 Festival Partners

Gadsden ~ at the Mall

2019 Festival Friends

District 29

2019 Supporters

Alley’s Carpet
Buffalo Rock
Buck’s Island Marina
Chili’s Restaurant
Cothran’s Bakery
Etowah County Sheriff’s Department
Gadsden Budweiser Distributing Co.
Gadsden EMA
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Greater Gadsden Tourism
Johnson’s Giant Food
Kyuka Water
Little Bridge Marina
Marine Corp League
Nick Webb
Publix Super Market
Reddy Ice
Rivertown Cafe
Simmons Signs
Titan Ambassadors
Top of the River Restaurant
Trent Thrasher
Trim It Up
Union Jack’s Café
Walmart Superstores

1st Place Competitive Division 2018

Exchange Bank of Alabama

2nd Place Competitive Division 2018

Gadsden Parks & Recreation

3rd Place Competitive Division 2018

Gadsden Public Works

1st Place Recreational Division 2018

Riverview Regional Medical Center

2nd Place Recreational Division 2018

Etowah County Bar Association

3rd Place Recreational Division 2018

Etowah-Cherokee Board of Realtors

2018 Dragon Boat Festival Photos