Dunebrook Dragon Boat Family Festival

Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 – ?
Stone Lake, La Porte, Indiana

The Dragon Boat Family Festival is an event that blends family activities, food, and the excitement of sport and competition for a day of racing in a real Dragon Boat.  Individuals and corporate teams gather to achieve—fun and the camaraderie of working as a team.  The family-oriented atmosphere allows the entire family to enjoy Dragon Boat Races, a variety of tasty food from the region’s best Food Trucks, the Children’s Festival Area, and much more!

Participate with your business or organization and you will enjoy a unique event which includes:  

  • Be part of a 2,000-year-old unique international sporting event.
  • Participants will experience the comradery of competing in a sporting event and develop new “Friendships through Racing”.
  • Dragon Boat teams offer an activity where friends, coworkers, or businesses can come together for a group activity.
  • Inclusive group activity which accommodates all fitness levels.
  • Teams comprise of 10-20 boat paddlers and a drummer.  The minimum age to be a race participant is 13.
  • Boat, paddles, life vests, drum and steersman provided.
  • Teams receive practice sessions with a coach with a team bandana!

Proceeds from the event support Dunebrook’s child abuse prevention and intervention programs and services for local children and families in multiple counties in Indiana, in fact in 2023 we served over 45,000 individuals.  This event allows the community to get involved and be a partner in prevention.


We hope you can jump in and join us as we race to support children and families in the local community!


Tammy Button

Executive Director



Pan Am Dragon Boat was founded in 2010 by long time, serial dragon boat entrepreneur, Mike Kerkmann. Mike is a Canadian and began his dragon boat career in 1996, in Toronto, as co-founder of Great White North Dragon Boat Racing. After selling his business, Mike moved to Tampa and after a year of pondering, launch his second dragon boat business which has since grown to become the most established and highly regarded supplier of dragon boat equipment & production services in North America. Mike has been providing innovation and products to the dragon boat market for over 25 years. Mike recognized the potential growth of the sport in the early 1990’s and it became clear to him that the sport, along with its grass roots annual festivals, could only afford to spawn and grow with the availability of short- term rentals and with professional on-water race production.

After co-founding and growing GWN Dragon Boat in Toronto for 13 years, Mike moved to Tampa Florida to produce the 2011 IDBF World Dragon Boat Championships. Out of that venture, Pan Am Dragon Boat was born. Today, Pan Am provides the most comprehensive array of products and services available in the industry. Pan Am is now the official licensed manufacturer of BuK dragon boats and accessories in North America. The BuK boat is simply the best designed and highest quality boat on the planet.
Here at Pan Am, our full-time staff and front-line weekend warriors are our family. These staffers are the most talented technicians, coaches and steerspersons on the continent, and they deliver their skills with professionalism and a smile. Our top-level coaches produce the two largest dragon boat training camps in North America. In recent years, they have expanded their roles into Europe and have, once again, been selected to Team USA Head Coach positions. Pan Am is delighted to support them in these roles. We are proud of our history and excited for the future. Join us on our journey.

This event is powered by volunteers and is the perfect opportunity for individuals or groups to get involved. If you would like more information or have questions please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Maggie Fritzen: maggie@dunebrook.org

For any general questions regarding the Dragon Boat Family Festival please contact cathy@dunebrook.org or you can call her direct line at 219-369-0309