The results are in for the inaugural #CDBFselfie contest, in which we asked you to submit shots of you at your favorite areas of the festival. After our judges chose the 12 finalists for the 2014 #CDBFselfie Contest, YOU voted with your LIKES on the Facebook album. The deadline for voting was midnight Friday, August 1, and the winners have been notified!
There were more than 200 entries for the contest and many of them were fun and amazing and showed a wide range of festival areas, from the dragon boat races and the Taste of Asia food courts to Performing Arts Stages and just the colorful variety of Asian culture that's celebrated at CDBF. Many thanks to everyone who attended the 2014 festival and to everyone who submitted your photos for the #CDBFselfie Contest! Plan now to take the best selfie for next year!
You can click to our Facebook album to see all 12 finalists. The contest may be over, but feel free to keep liking your faves -- the photographers would appreciate your ongoing approval!
The top prize of a $100 VISA gift card goes to Tyler Nading, who submitted the winning selfie of the CH2MHILL dragon boat race team via Twitter.
In second place is Denver Taiko, with their selfie shot from the Main Performing Arts Stage and the huge crowd behind them. They'll receive a $50 VISA gift card.
In third place is DJ Skip Rip, who posted a selfie from the Cultural Unity Stage where he played the music while Mudra Dance Studio got everyone up and dancing to Indian Banghra.
The Mile High Dragonboat Race Club has developed an iPhone App for races, so teams and their supporters can follow the competition’s times and standings in real time!
Click here to download the app, or better yet, aim your iPhone's QR Code reader here:
Because it's the year of the Fire Monkey on the Chinese Lunar calendar, we've come up with a way for you to monkey around at CDBF by hiding 12 monkeys throughout the festival! We'll be posting clues on Facebook, and your mission is to post selfies with each monkey in its location during the festival with the #CDBF2016 and the hashtag attached to the monkey, and then upload a collage of all the selfies after the festival with #cdbfmonkey2016 and all 12 of the monkeys' hashtags. You can use Facebook or Instagram.
Shoot pictures using mobile phone cameras, or cameras with access to Wi-Fi connections to the Internet – posing at the Festival with the monkeys. Next, participants must upload their original collage of the 12 stuffed animal monkeys to his/her social media platform. Participants MUST tag their collages with 13 hashtags: #CDBF2016 and hashtag associated on the monkey (so CDBF can view and judge the selfies).
There will be four (4) winners, and each will receive a $50 VISA gift card.
Join CDBF for our first-ever Dumpling Eating Contest!
Since we're known as the summertime festival that showcases the best authentic cuisine from across the Pacific, it only made sense that we'd host a Dumpling Eating Contest!
Here's how it will work: We're holding this contest in three rounds of nine contestants each through the weekend in Gateway To Asia, with one final round between the winners of the three first rounds, to determine the First, Second and Third-place winners. The finalists will receive prizes.
Participants will have to eat 20 dumplings each ... with NO HANDS. The first one done who raises her or his hands will win the round. Each contestant must pay a $15 entry fee. The rounds will take place in Gateway To Asia at there times:
Saturday July 30: 4:30 pm-5:00 pm
Sunday July 31: 3:30-4:00 pm
Because only 27 contestant can have this very special chance to pig out, you'll need to sign up right away to compete to eat!
The CDBF Honorary Patron position was established in 2006 and is selected by the CDBF Board of Directors. The Honorary Patron is an individual(s) or entity with a proven record of philanthropic and charitable efforts that support awareness and the betterment of both the APA community and communities throughout Colorado.
We’re proud to announce the 2016 CDBF Honorary Patron, The Denver Toyota Dealers Association and its president, Deck Hughes!
Each year, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival’s Board of Directors names an Honorary Chair to represent the festival and serves as an inspiration for the area’s Asian and Asian American communities.
The Honorary Chair is a role model not only for her or his level of success and leadership, but also for a proven and lifelong commitment to serving the Asian Pacific American communities. The Honorary Chair is a Colorado resident (of any race) who is a strong, outspoken advocate for APA organizations and events, and a proven champion or advocate of the Asian community.
This year's CDBF Honorary Chair is Byeongsook Seo, and attorney who's active in many Asian American Pacific Islander organizations!
The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is excited and proud to announce that Jennifer Q. Nguyen stepped into the role of Festival Director on April 19th!
Jen is an avid community volunteer and held many leadership roles on the CDBF Operations Committee since 2011, including coordinating volunteers and managing the main stage.
She brings a wealth of experience with her including mentoring, training, and supporting Asian American young women as an Executive Committee Member for the Miss Asian American Leadership Program. Jennifer has traveled nationally to fundraise and advocate for mental health awareness with the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association.
She is also very active on the Denver Curling Club board as the Communications Director. Jennifer graduated from the University of Denver with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and went to CU Denver for her Master's in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education. She was appointed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to be a member of the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission under the city's Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships.
We're delighted to have Jen on board to steer the festival!
The annual Lunar New Year, which is often called "Chinese New Year," is coming up on Monday Feb. 8 this year!
The tradition isn't marked in all Asian countries, but the Lunar New Year, or "Chinese New Year" is a cultural celebration around the world, especially among Chinese communities.
The years revolve around the Chinese Zodiac and its 12 animal symbols; 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. If you're a Monkey, you're probably funny, smart and personable. You may be mischievous like a monkey, and love practical jokes. Monkeys are supremely sociable!
Happy New Year to all of CDBF's friends and family!