2018 is the Year of the Dog!
Dogs are recognized zodiac animals throughout Asian culture. They represent loyalty, friendliness, and integrity. They are those whose hard work often go unrecognized, who will stick with you through the worst of situations.
Here are all the ways our festival is celebrating all our friends, family, and animals who represent these values, and all the underdogs out there!
2018 Image Contest and Winners
Check out all the winning designs that featured the Year of the Dog!
2018 Year of Dog Instagram Contest
Dress up your dog in his or her favorite costume and post a photo on Instagram! Use #YearOfDogCDBF @codragonboat and we'll pick a winner for a prize!
K9 Police Dog
In partnership with the Denver Police Department, we will have a helpful K9 unit on patrol at the festival! Feel free to say hi if you see him, but please do not pet him, as he will be on duty!
Check out the ways that we work to make our festival and planet greener in 2018!
1. Sloan's Lake Park Conservation
All festival vehicles are trained to keep off the Sloan's Lake Park grass. There is no staking of any tents, nor swimming of any humans and animals. Help us maintain the health of Sloan's Lake by abiding by these Festival Rules!
2. Festival Recycling
Recycling bins will be provided to help sort recyclables from trash! We will also partnering with Eco-Cycle, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit recyclers, to provide an onsite recycling education program.
3. Food Vendor Recycling Program
Food vendors are required to serve food with recyclable paperware and utensils, and to bring supplies in cardboard packaging. Cardboard will be flattened and placed in recycling.
4. Reduction of Plastic
Our beverage sponsor Coca-Cola will provide carbonated drinks in cans, rather than plastic bottles.
5. Changing the way we think about transportation
The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival promotes walking, biking, or taking the festival's shuttle, which picks up people near one of the light rail stations here in Denver. For bikers, we have a bike corral / parking monitored by one of our non-profit partners.
The 2018 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival will be on July 28th & 29th! Don't miss out on this exciting, free event that will showcase the amazing Asian and Asian American communities we have here in Colorado!
What: The 18th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
Date: July 28th & 29th, 2018
Location: Sloans Lake, Denver
Sara Moore is the Executive Director for Dragon 5280, the umbrella organization that encompasses the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, the Colorado Dragon Film Festival, and the Emerging Leaders Program. Sara brings over five years of non-profit executive management experience. Sara has managed large scale events and significant fundraising efforts as District Director for the Longs Peak Council Boy Scouts of America in Boulder, Colorado. Sara earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Sciences with a Minor in Biology at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Sara’s passions include rock climbing, hiking, and learning about her Japanese heritage. Sara can talk on end about her grandfather, Masamichi (Mac) Suzuki. Mac was interned during WWII as a nisei at Tule Lake, California. He later served on the ABCC (Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission) in Hiroshima, Japan, as a OBGYN studying fertility in the victims of the atomic bombs, later retiring from U.S. Army as a Captain. Sara is excited to be a part of this amazing organization that helps promote and celebrate the diversity we have in the Asian Pacific American community.
Sara Moore: email@example.com
Every year artists from around the community compete to design our festival poster. The winning design is used to shape our visual identity for the festival each year and is featured on our t-shirts and promotional materials.
We're pleased to announce our 2017 design contest winner: Lyn My Dam, an illustrator and graphic designer who completed her BFA in 3D Animation from the University of Colorado Denver's College of Arts & Media this past May. Lyn has been an active volunteer with CDBF and CDFF and loves attending the festival every year.
"I wanted to integrate the dragon into the waters where the dragon boats would be and give a sense of power for the rowers," she says. "I added the mountains to refer to Colorado and its landscapes."
Lyn will receive $300 in addition to her art being featured in the promotional materials for the 2017 festival.
Our second place poster (below, left) was created by Ratha Sok. A Cambodian-American, he was excited that Cambodia would be featured this year and drew inspiration from Asian cultures. "As an artist I value community," he says. "I feel that it is important to showcase diversity and what Dragon Boat Festival can offer the community." He is currently working on a mural project with Natural Grocers. He will receive a $200 second-place prize.
Featured Story: The Okinawa Summer Dragons are here for their 10th anniversary for the 2017 festival!
In 2007, the U.S Navy Dragon Boat Team paddled in large 32-person boats for the "opening" annual race that occurred on May 5 of each year on the island of Okinawa, Japan. Eventually, the love of "Haari" (Okinawan for Dragon Boat) inspired the women on that team to paddle more than just one race per year. These paddlers wanted to live the culture and beauty of Okinawa Dragon Boat Racing so they formed a smaller group from the 2007 U.S. Navy Dragon Boating team now known as "The Summer Dragons.
The Summer Dragons trained and practiced with their brother team, "the Japanese Naval team," who supplied knowledge, handmade 10-person wooden boats, a kajitori (turner), and their White Beach Port - along with a demand for perfection. Many women would drive over an hour to get to the port twice a week to practice three things: correct form, synchronization, and power. Neighbors used to laugh at the American team because foreigners just "didn't do" the local races, but they earned their respect with each win at the local ports. The Okinawans appreciated that the Summer Dragons loved the sport and eventually the locals would cheered them on!
The team became well-known and began to make friends and competitors alike. They invested in their own boat and practiced 2-3 times a week for the weekly Sunday race. They loved every minute of it. After 10 years, the Summer Dragons are still going strong. They continue to be a part of the U.S Navy Team and will paddle with honor under the name on May 5, but starting May 6 of every year, the Summer Dragons form again and compete in the local races.
The Summer Dragons are a mix of active duty Navy and Marines, wives of service members, teachers, mothers, civilians, all whom have come together because of this amazing sport. New gals who have the same drive and love or the sport, culture, and experience join all the time.
This year, the Summer Dragons are holding their 10th Anniversary at the 2017 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. 20 women are coming from all over the world to paddle just one more time. Women from all ten years are represented on the team and cannot wait to experience the Dragon Boat culture in Colorado
Hello Racers, Performers, Vendors, and Volunteers-
The moment you all have been waiting for...applications have launched for the 17th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival which will be held Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30th.
Please click on the following links to apply:
Vendors (Food and Marketplace)
2017 CDBF Poster Contest
Dragon Community Partners
Looking forward to seeing your applications. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
And the winners are....Saturday Flag Catching DivisionRec AGold: CU Boulder
Silver: Ice Dragons
Bronze: Lightway Lightning
Rec BGold: A-Town Avengers
Bronze: Janus Argonauts
Rec C1st Place: Stanley Sailors
Saturday Hong Kong 120m DivisionCompetitiveGold: Red Dragons
Silver: PASCO Fighting Dragons
Bronze: Phantom Dragons
RecreationGold: Mutineers – Trade Winds
Silver: Adaptive Adventures Blue Team #1
Bronze: Agua Libre
Novice A1st Place: Ice Dragons
Novice B1st Place: The Green Line
Saturday Hong Kong 500m DivisionCompetitiveGold: PASCO Fighting Dragons
Silver: CU Denver Lynx
Bronze: Red Dragons
RecreationGold: Mutineers – Trade Winds
Silver: Phantom Dragons
Bronze: That One Team
Novice A1st Place: Adaptive Adventure Blue Team #1
Novice B1st Place: Geeks of the Four Seas
Sunday Flag Catching DivisionRec AGold: HaiLite
Silver: Red Dragons
Bronze: Mission In Motion
Rec BGold: Seas the Dragon
Silver: Geeks of the Four Seas
Bronze: Bozeman Dragon Boaters
Rec C1st Place: Denver Curling Club
Sunday Hong Kong 250m DivisionCompetitiveGold: PASCO Fighting Dragons
Silver: That One Team
Bronze: Mutineers – Trade Winds
Silver: CU Denver Lynx
Bronze: CU Boulder
Novice A1st Place: Seas the Dragon
1st Place: Agua Libre