This was our first year to attend the Dragon on the Lake festival in Lake Orion. This festival is based on the legend of a dragon appearing in the lake from over a hundred years ago. Quoting from their website:
“Dragon on the Lake gets its inspiration from the century old legend of a ferocious dragon spotted on Lake Orion. The year was 1894 when lake dwellers were reportedly terrorized by a monster that grew in size with each new sighting, from 18 to an enormous 80 feet long. The Lake Orion Review even reported an encounter from one Mrs. Vincent Brown who fought off the beast while on a fishing excursion with her 2 nieces.”
Terrifying, am I right? Well, we did see a fire-breathing dragon cruising the lake, but we laid low and took some photos and videos just out of the reach of it’s fiery breath.
The festival includes a boat parade after dusk, dragon boat racing (which we missed somehow) along with other festival activities downtown, such as a band, beer at the Dragon Pub and food sales, merch and so on. There is a chili cook off, an Artist Alley (and an art tent with refreshments), chalk drawing challenge, and so much more. Our time at the festival was limited to one evening, but there are days’ worth of activities and events. Rather than rehashing it here check out their website for all the events, so you can get your boat dressed up and your drawing hand exercised for next year!
We’ve tried to document some of this in our photos, including our trip to Lockhart's BBQ for a great dinner, but we had a clear bias towards the dragon in the videos. Photos and videos are below.