TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival brought teams from all over to Cayuga Lake this weekend for a day of competition and fun.

Races began early at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday and continued throughout the day at Taughannock Falls State Park.

The heat was an added challenge for racers Saturday, but they continued on and competed in 200, 500 and 2,000-meter races.

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A youth team from Trinidad and Tobago also competed Saturday. Members of the Ithaca Dragon Boat Club met the Trinidad and Tobago team at a competition in Puerto Rico earlier this year and invited them to spend some time in the area ahead of the festival. The team’s coach said Saturday that the team spent the week exploring the area, visiting local colleges and hiking.

There were local teams from Ithaca and Tompkins County, as well as teams from Boston, New York City, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

In addition to the races, there were activities for kids and cultural events. There was an Awakening the Dragons Ceremony, words by Sachem Sam George of the Cayuga Nation Bear Clan, and a Flower Ceremony to celebrate survivors and honor people who had lost their battles to cancer.

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Below are a few photos from the event Saturday. All photos by Managing Editor Kelsey O’Connor for The Ithaca Voice.

Kelsey O'Connor

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