August 20, 2018

Opening Ceremony Festivities

Get ready…the dragons are coming to town! Gainesville/Hall County will soon hold the single distinction of hosting the first ever ICF Dragon Boat World Championships, in the Americas and you are invited!

4 days of competition at the 2018 ICF Dragon Boat World Championships will kick-off Wednesday, September 12th with the Official Opening Ceremony, at Lake Lanier Olympic Park (3105 Clarksbridge Road) at 6PM. Food trucks/Tap It will be onsite with food/beer & wine for purchase starting at 5PM. This event is free of charge. For information call 770-535-0397 or visit

The headliner for the Opening Ceremony is none other than the multiple award winning, multi-talented singer/actor/pianist, Craig A. Meyer starring in REMEMBER WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG-THE ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE. Craig captures the music, costumes and charisma of Sir Elton John. “Craig is one of the most talented people I have ever worked with. He can do ANYTHING!” says Barry Manilow. Today, he is considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the market, whose strong vocals, striking resemblance and amazing talent on the piano has audiences everywhere remembering when rock was young. This spectacular theatrical experience is a musical journey celebrating the decades of chart topping hits of Sir Elton John.

Other happenings throughout the evening will include ceremonial elements such as the Parade of Athletes (an expected 18 nations to be represented), Pan-Asian dances and a variety of thrilling entertainment…all celebrating a passion for bringing together an international audience and showcasing our areas forte in welcoming all who live here and those who visit.

Serving as an ambassador for our region, the organizing committee invites you to attend this exciting event. Come cheer on team USA (approximately 160 athletes), revel in the evening’s entertainment with your newly made global friends, help them discover southern hospitality and experience the grandeur and excitement of once again putting Gainesville, GA on the world stage (this venue is home to several international rowing and paddling competitions).

To learn more about the ICF championships, call Robyn Lynch, Gainesville/Hall ’96 Executive Director, at 770-530-7152. For contact information/interviews with artists, contact Gladys Wyant, Executive Director, The Arts Council, Inc. @ 770-534-2787.