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Festival of The Fox brings Dragon Boat Races to Pottawatomie Park

Jun 03, 2016 10:53AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Festival of the Fox (formerly River Fest) featuring classic Dragon Boat Races, sails into St. Charles June 9-12. Presented by the City of St Charles and Pride of the Fox, events include a carnival, Dragon Boat racing, Water Ski show, kids craft, movie night, food, entertainment, and more!

Schedule of Events

Festival Carnival June 9-12

Traditional rides, games and treats. At IL Rt. 31 and State Street, within walking distance of Pottawatomie Park.

Special Needs Family Day June 10, noon to 2 p.m.

Families with special needs children are invited for a special day at the Carnival at Cedar and State streets. Activities, food, fun and a rest area is free to all families who register onsite! Sponsored by Windy City Amusements.

Dragon Boat Races June 11 & 12

25 years of Dragon Boat Races kicks off Saturday, with a ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m. by St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina. Next, “Awakening the Dragon,” a 2,000- year old traditional ceremony which tells the colorful story behind the Dragon Boats, immediately follows. Then on Sunday, races start at 8:30 a.m.

Water Ski Show Sunday, 1-2 p.m.

You won’t want to miss the Wonderlake Water Ski Show!

Other Fun Events

“Picnic in the Park” features demonstrations and shows on the Community Stage and oversized lawn games like Connect-4 and Bull’s Eye. You also can enjoy food from New Wave BBQ, Brewing 164’s natural soda pops, Bettina's organic iced teas, lemonades, Italian ices and more.

Children's activities include a dragon craft compliments of the St Charles History Museum and a Kite Flying Lesson with a free kite for the first 100 kids!

Music and videos, and a free showing of a family-friendly film Saturday at 8 p. m. Free popcorn to the first 500 guests!

The Information Exchange Booth has lots of great handouts and Petsmart and others will have free giveaways. You also can buy a Dragon Boats picnic blanket to benefit Project Mobility which helps disabled children experience the freedom and fun that comes with wheeled recreation.

For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page at City of St. Charles Festival of the Fox or