Why you should be at the Dragon Boat Festival

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SLOANS LAKE PARK, Colo. -- With so much to see and taste at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, the cultural experience is really unique. Saturday’s heat didn’t seem to bother too many people. In fact, it was probably the coolest place to be.

With the sun beating down on Sloan’s Lake Park, umbrellas easily became one of the more fashionable accessories at the festival.

“It’s really hot out there, but it’s a good experience,” said Dan Cho. He said it’s his third time visiting.

Gil Asakawa with the festival said, "We have 120 performances on 6 stages, we have a bunch of food vendors, market place vendors."

There are also plenty of ways to stay cool. Vendor Paul Crawford said, “We've got fresh, young Thai coconuts and we're shucking ‘em and serving ‘em up."

New to the Dragon Boat Festival this year is a cooking demonstration with free samples. One visitor said, “We came to taste all the food, hopefully.” Asakawa added, “You’ve got to try the food!”

Other unique aspects include an all-female drum group. "Mirai Daiko, which is a Japanese drum group and it’s a little unusual in that it’s all women,” said Asakawa.

But, the big draw is still the races themselves, a two-thousand year old tradition that began in China.

One visitor said, “The cool painting on the boats, the boats are pretty neat looking. It’s fun to watch them compete."

Cho added, "Every year I look forward to coming here."

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival continues Sunday from 10am-5pm. Be sure to check out the Lion Dancing. It’s a martial arts & dancing competition. That’s from 3:30-5.

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