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Since 2000, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has presented Rhode Island's Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival. The event consists of dragon boat races for professional and amateur teams, along with many cultural and artistic events, including the always popular Chinese dumpling eating contest, aimed at adults and children. With the emphasis on competition and fun, the event makes an entertaining day for participants and the entire family.

The races began when the Council used wooden dragon boats shipped from Hong Kong and gifted by local businessman Louis Yip. In 2003, the Council received the gift of six fiberglass dragon boats from the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) that are now being used in the RI Dragon Boat and Taiwan Day Festival. Today, a full boat crew consists of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a person at the helm.

Races are held on the Blackstone River at Festival Pier in Pawtucket with the festival running from 8 am - 5 pm. Join the thousands who attend each year for great competition, fun, and to learn about Chinese culture.

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