Dutchess Dragon Boat
The Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival first came to Poughkeepsie in the summer of 2014. Community members Peter Van Aken and Bob Creedon come to Dutchess Tourism and formed a committee with Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and Arts Mid-Hudson. Thus, formed the vision of bringing dragon boat races back to the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. A few years earlier, Peekskill had been the event’s venue.
Since then, each subsequent year, the event grew and became more famous. Through a lot of hard work, it has become a wonderful event to showcase Poughkeepsie’s beautiful Hudson River waterfront and raise funds for important, and local, non-profit organizations.
For the first years of the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival, proceeds went to the local chapter of Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and Arts Mid-Hudson.
For the 2017 event, the baton has been handed to Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County to host the event. While keeping all the momentum and excitement going, the dedicated folks at Habitat Dutchess are eager to continue the tradition of the Dragon Boat Races. This time, however, proceeds will go straight to their mission of building strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership right here in Dutchess County. With 5 new homes in only 4 years, Habitat Dutchess is working to end poverty housing one family at a time. This event promises to be a great opportunity to showcase Habitat’s mission, raise funds, and increase community awareness of the organization.