WEST WINDSOR, NJ - One of the most exciting community events held at Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ is Paddle for Pink Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by the Machestic Dragons, New Jersey’s first breast cancer survivor’s dragon boat team.  Paddle for Pink is New Jersey’s largest community Dragon Boat Festival and 2013 celebrates the seventh anniversary of the fun festival at Mercer County Park. This is the first year the event will be held on a Saturday and takes place on June 8, 2013. The site of the festival has also moved eastward to a new area of the lake at the Finish Tower Field Area of Mercer Lake between the Marina and Tennis Courts.  Each year the event has grown in participation and support resulting in the need for this grand new site for 2013.

Community participation makes this festival special. Last year 45 teams competed in the exciting races.  The Machestics invite you to form a team to compete in this fun event. Up to 20 paddlers can make up a dragon boat team and race against other teams in their category.  Last year 8 breast cancer survivor teams gathered from the tri state region and in 2013 we welcome back 4 of those teams that have registered early to take advantage of the discounted early bird price.  Teams of area educators, neighbors and friends, business sponsored teams, semi-professionals and teams compiled of all women make up this potpourri of fun lovers that will compete for medals and bragging rights while helping to support this charitable cause. It’s a fun event that benefits local families affected by breast cancer.

BCRC, Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton remains one of the charities that will be a benefactor of the festival. To date the Machestic have donated 50,000 to BCRC to enable their free services to breast cancer survivors. 

All registered teams are given 1 practice on the water with coaching and equipment provided by the Machestics. A free gift to commemorate this event will be distributed to all paddlers at Paddle for Pink. The cost for entering a team in PFP is $825. After April 30 the cost of a team to enter is $900. Individuals may also register, see our website for details.

On land - music, dance, and other entertainment, food, awaits your attention. Vendors may reserve a space to support this cause. There will a 50/50 raffle drawing, silent auction, cultural dance and ceremonies.

The Machestic Dragons welcome hands-on support from organizations and individuals as well as donations to make this festival fruitful. .  The Machestics’ president, Carol Watchler invites you to visit our website to get a better understanding of what the Machestics represent, www.machesticdragons.org or call Annie @ (609) 291-0779.

To register to participate in Paddle for Pink go to:  www.paddleforpink.org or call  (609) 448-2100 (messages only).