Each year during CDBF we sell raffle tickets as a fundraiser so we can continue to bring you a great festival in the future.
This year, we gave away three fantastic prizes starting with a pair of tickets, thanks for United, to fly anywhere in the Continental US 48, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and Europe (valued at $3,000)! Second prize was a 16GB iPad courtesy of Walmart and third was a top quality Mahjon set from Pacific Ocean Market.
All funds from the raffle directly support the festival so it can remain a free annual event for all to enjoy!
Here are the lucky winners
Tyler Palmer of Thornton
Cathy Lam of Aurora
Brian Duncan of Denver
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS, AND THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PURCHASED A RAFFLE TICKET!
Each year during the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, we hold a Culinary Contest that celebrates the best Asian cuisine that's served up at the festival. Celebrity judges taste all the vendors in the Taste of Asia food courts, and make their decision on Saturday.
This year, the judges were Jeff Osaka, chef and owner of twelverestaurant; Mary Nguyen, chef and owner of Parallel 17 and Street Kitchen Asian Bistro; and Lori Midson, Cafe Society and Food Editor for Westword.
Here are the winners for 2013:
First Place: Orange Crunch
Second Place: Denver Hmong Alliance Church
Third Place: Little India Food Truck
First Place: Aloha Shave Ice
Second Place: Lollicup
Third Place: Smooch Frozen Yogurt & Mochi
BEST OF SHOW
DRAGON'S CHOICE (JUDGES' FAVORITE)Sausage and Stuffed Chicken Wings by Denver Hmong Alliance Church
Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to the judges!
Come on, admit it. You secretly covet a gilded Dragon Trophy just like these and you'll do anything for one. You'll even sign up and run in the Zodiac Dash 3.5K Fun Run presented by Bellco, with a hat, mask or costume that represents your Chinese Zodiac sign.
Winners of the Zodiac Dash get this trophy: First Place for men and women, and best costumes for men and women!
How cool is that? Sunday July 28 at 8:30 am at Sloan's Lake Park. Afterwards, stick around and use your coupon for a fee Pepsi product of Sno-Cone, and enjoy the festival!
Every year on our Main Performing Arts Stage, we've featured local media personalities from TV news. We invite them to introduce our performers because they represent role models in a field that could use more diversity, and certainly more Asian Americans -- journalism, either in broadcast or newspapers and magazines.
Come to the Main Stage and you'll find that even the nightly news anchors like Deborah Takahara of KDVR Fox31 are approachable and just regular folks.
Our imaginAsian Art Collaboration area features local artists including the Squidworks Comic Artists Cooperative, who will introduce you to making art and learning how to draw comics.
This year at the imaginAsian tent, we'll have an interactive art mural for you to contribute to, and with your help, we want to create the world's longest chalk art snake along the sidewalk!
This year's Opening Ceremony promises to be spectacular, with a unique Dragon Dance and a performance by the Montbello Drum Line.
Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu has been performing the colorful and dynamic Dragon Dance every year since CDBF began, to close out the Opening Ceremony. Last year, the group retired one dragon and brought a new one to life with a double-dragon dance, a first. This year, there'll be one dragon again, but it's been extended, so that at over 80 feet, the dragon can turn on itself in more complex choreography than ever attempted before, by SHMKF or any other dragon dance group in the region.
It was at Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock's suggestion that the nine members of the Montbello High School Drum Line got the chance of a lifetime -- to take the second historic flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on United Airline's new direct flight between Denver and Tokyo.
The students raised money for the trip with the help of sponsors, and they performed their synchronized drumming at the U.S. Ambassador's home in Tokyo, and several times in Takayama, Denver's sister city. The news report above is a sample of a half-hour special that airs this Friday, July 19 at 9:30 on KDVR Fox31. These students were cultural ambassadors for Colorado in Japan.
So the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is proud to introduce the Montbello High School Drum Line as one of the highlights of this year's Opening Ceremony.
The Opening Ceremony, which begins at 10 am on Saturday, July 27, also includes a spiritual Eye-Dotting Ceremony with chanting Buddhist monks to awaken the spirit of the dragon boats; a dynamic Dragon Dance; and an Olympics-style Team Parade. The Drum Line will get the chance to perform in front of Mayor Hancock, who will speak during the ceremony.
You may have seen the video or email please making the rounds of the Asian American community. That's because Nina Polvanich Louie is Asian American, and she is in dire need of a bone marrow donor who matches her type. She has lymphoma, and there are only a few weeks left before she runs out of time.
The Bonfils Blood Center will be at CDBF taking swabs from people to see if someone in Denver can save Nina. Please stop by and register as a marrow donor -- Asians can save other Asians, but there are few Asians registered.
We'll see you at CDBF, at the Save Nina booth!
Our sponsors at Lincoln Financial Group are running spots for the 13th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival on KS107.5, The Fan, The Zone, Cruisin' Oldies and Comedy 103.1!
Each year, CDBF's Marketplace is like a pan-Asian bazaar with something for everyone, from gifts and fashions to information about area non-profit organizations. There's also the Wellness Village, where you can learn about health-related issues and embrace out festival theme for 2013, "Commit To BE Fit!"
The Royal Thai Consulate (shown here) traveled from Los Angeles to be in the CDBF Marketplace last year; this year the Thai delegation will return, but be in our Gateway To Asia area, where you can find interactive exhibits, intimate demonstrations (watching Thai fruit carving is amazing) and performances on the Gateway stage.