Save on Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival (NDBF) provides a secure Paddler's Village; aÂ home-away-from-home during the Festival weekend for all registered paddlers.Â The race marshaling tent is located in the centre of the Paddlerâs Village.
Wristbands must be worn on the wrist by all registeredÂ paddlers - THIS IS NOTÂ OPTIONAL. No wristband = No entry to the Paddlerâs Village=No racing.Â Take care of your wristband! There is security positioned at the entrance of the Paddlerâs Village all weekend and they will need to see your wristband. It is your key for admittance. And be nice to the volunteers.Â
Paddlers Village is a very busy and very full space. Imagine a gated community with 65+ 10 x 10Â tents housing 1500+ paddlers and their chairs, tables, food etc. And in the middle is a 20 x 20 marshalling tent. There are teams with physical challenges/mobility issues so there are wheelchairs and walkers to throw in the mix.
Only paddlers (and chaperones of junior teams) are allowed in the Paddler's Village. We suggest you make arrangements to meet spouses/significant others outside of the entrance.
One 10â X 10â tent is provided for each registered team. The NDBF Race Registrar assigns each tent with a number and each team with their tent number. No changes are permitted - your tent number is your address for the weekend. We are frequently asked if a team can erect a second tent in front of the tent provided by the NDBF. The short answer is NO. The Paddlerâs Village space is limited and safety and insurance concerns prevent the addition of any extra structures not provided by NDBF.
2022 theme: Dragons of the World. From Asia to Europe, South America to Africaâand even the United Statesâstories about dragons pervade mythology. Some of these dragons are said to bring luck, while others feast on humans; some protect water, while others steal it. In a few of these stories, dragons can even talk. Here are dragon tales from across the globe.
Registered teamsÂ areÂ encouragedÂ toÂ decorateÂ theirÂ team tent and outfit their team toÂ compete in more than a dragon boat race.Â The team costume/decorations must be related to the themeÂ Â Teams are responsible for their costumes/decoration; remember you can spare the expense without harming the group enthusiasm and creativity!
TEAM TENT DECORATING CONTEST -Â Â judging Saturday afternoon in the Paddler's Village and winner will be announce later that afternoon.Â Our panel of judges will score team tent masterpieces on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest) in the following categories: Creativity-10; Attention to Theme â 10; Originality â 10. One winning team will receive a Canadian Tire cooler of Longwood Brewery beverages and an extra team tent next year.Â An honorable mention may be awarded at the judgesâ discretion.Â Â
TEAM COSTUME CONTESTÂ -Â judging during Saturday's Paddler's Party.Â Our panel of judges score teams on an equal weighted scale between all criteria - Theme; Costumes; Choreography; Stage Presence; Song Selection; Good bump Factor. One winning team will receive free entry to next yearâs SOFNDB festival. The judging and selection ofÂ the winning team will happen after dinner. An honorable mention may be awarded at the judgesâ discretion. There is a radio button on the Paddler's Party electronic invite where your team can register for the Team Costume contest.Â
At the entrance/exit fence to the Paddler's Village you will find a large white board with:
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Julie Romanyshyn of Garden Gate Holistics sets up a Â "Wellness Tent" Â in the Paddlers Village offering chair massages to the paddlers. All sessions are by donation, with the donated money going to Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. Ease tension in tired muscles, calm mood; promote focus and increase your performance!