Record Crowds Attend 2007 Colorado Dragon Boal Festival

The 7th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, July 28-29, drew record crowds estimated at over 90,000 last weekend to Sloan's Lake in Denver. Fifty five race teams competed in the dragon boat races, with the Maestas Tae-Kwon Do Dungeonless Dragons defeating the Coors Dragon Slayers to win the inaugural Competitive Division series. In the Adult Recreation Division, the Flying Dragons claimed the championship, upsetting two-time champs Lao Buddhist Temple of Colorado. Third place went to NAAAP Colorado. The Lao Buddhist Temple of Colorado youth team won their fourth championship, defeating the Bohua Chinese School team.

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Plans are already underway for the 2008 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival which will feature the American Dragon Boat Association Central Division Championships and international competition.

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Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

There were several new festival features in 2007. Explore Asia spotlighted the Mongolian, Filipino and Hmong cultures. Entertainers present at the CDBF on the SCFD Tier III Performing Arts stage, including the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Martial Arts Academy, Dwight Mark, the Wendy Woo Trio, international Mongolian performers Khongorzul and Munktuvshin. There were more than 80 marketplace vendors, who enticed festival guests with unique merchandise and ethnic delicacies.

The thrill of victory

Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

The 7th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is presented in association with Coors Brewing Company, Kaiser Permanente, SCFD Denver Tier III, State Farm, 101.5 FM Martini on the Rockies, Comcast, FOX 31 NEWS and The Denver Post. Supporting Sponsors of the event are AARP, American Family Insurance, Colorado QuitLine, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, MoneyGram International and PEPSI BOTTLING GROUP. Corporate Patrons include CH2M HILL, Denver Water, Premier Bank, Raytheon and Wells Fargo. Founded in 2001 to celebrate Colorado's diverse Asian Pacific American (APA) communities, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, has become the region's fastest growing fun, family-friendly summer festival. Named “Top Annual Festival” by the Rocky Mountain News and a "Best of Denver" event by Westword, CDBF offers festival-goers the opportunity to explore APA culture through performances, educational programs, arts and crafts, shopping, dining and the exciting athletic competition of dragon boat racing.

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