Sunday, May 7th
Join the Haudenosaunee Canoe Journey, the Ithaca Dragon Boat Club, The History Center in Tompkins County, and our many partners to celebrate boating in the Finger Lakes. The Inaugural Canoe Fest features traditional Haudenosaunee boat building and wayfinding, open paddling on Cayuga Lake, and friendly dragon boat racing as we invite everyone to explore the history of human-powered boating. Caneo Fest
The inaugural festival reframes the International Finger Lakes Dragon Boat Festival to center historic and contemporary boating on Cayuga Lake. The schedule of events and programs explore some of the many ways people have boated on Cayuga Lake.
9:00am - Open Canoe Fest with an opening ceremony, with Sachem Sam George providing The Words Before All Else
9:30am - Join Hickory Edwards, of the Haudenosaunee Canoe Journey, and other members of the Onondaga Nation for demonstrations in traditional Haudneosuanee boat building and wayfinding techniques. There will also be opportunties for attendees to go out on the water in traditional canoes!
11:30am - Join our communal ceremony were Trent Preszler and students from the Dyson School of Economics will gift a canoe the class built over the past year to the Haudenosaunee Canoe Project. The canoe will be used in support of the Haudenosaunee Canoe Project's educational mission.
12:00pm - Performers from the Onondaga Nation will perform traditional music and dance.
1:00pm - Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony
2:00pm - Gather your friends and engage some friendly dragon boat racing sponsored by the Ithaca Dragon Boat Club.
5:00pm - Closing Team Celebration
You can participate in Canoe Fest in a number of different ways! Visitors are welcome to generally join us for performances and festivities throughout the day. Come enjoy a beautiful spring day in Cass Park!
Open Boating and Canoeing
Get out in the water on traditional craft throughout the morning. The open boating period occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals will be required to complete a liability waiver prior to going out on the water.
Dragon Boat Racing
Register teams of 16-20 in one of our limited slots for dragon boat racing. Pre-registration is required for all participants. Although no prior experience is required, all Dragon Boat racers must sign a liability waiver and go over basic safety procedures with the race marshal prior to the friendly competitions. All teams are guaranteed 3 races in head-to-head time trials.
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