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Free entry to July 11-12 family event on shores of Lake Phalen in St. Paul

[SAINT PAUL]  The 2015 Dragon Festival, inspired by the Asian tradition of dragon-boat races, has added modern touches for a more interactive, hands-on experience that draws on all the senses.

 

Thrills, cheers, and more: dragon boat races

Come watch dragons come to life at Lake Phalen!  More than 28 teams are anticipated, with time remaining for groups to register.  Each day over two days, Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12, an estimated 15-20 teams will compete in spirited heats of 200 meters.  Each team consists of 20 members who collectively train for weeks before the big races: 18 paddlers, one flag catcher and one drummer. They must work as a cohesive, high-energy team.  Come support your favorite teams made up of corporate and business employees, community groups, or even your own friends and family.  Each member only needs to contribute $50 (dragon boat, paddles, life vests provided).  The Dragon Festival can also help steer other interested participants your way to fill out partially full teams.  Prizes for daily champion, race champion, best team spirit and best team t-shirt are awarded.  Be a part of this unique race community.  

Get physical: Do Walk/Do Run 5K

Walk or run around Lake Phalen: Saturday, July 11 only, and be an active part of this community event.  Race starts at Phalen Park Pavilion at 9-10:30 a.m.  Participants receive race t-shirt, bottled water; plus energy-packed fruits (apples and bananas) plus the satisfaction of a healthy start to the weekend!  Sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota.  

Oohs, aahs, and pride: opening ceremony performances and demonstrations 

Be inspired by Asian and Pacific cultures onstage:  Both days, 10-10:30 a.m.  A unique mix of traditional dance, theatrical acts, authentic music, awesome martial arts and more.  Be amazed as you watch fellow Minnesotans transform into performances of a lifetime. Martial arts at 11:45 a.m.–4 p.m. 

Fun and creative stuff for kids: special children’s area

Families with kids will enjoy creative arts and crafts.  Be wowed by colorful kite-flying, Frisbee and air golf.  Story times and fun the entire weekend.  Sponsored by Wells Fargo.  Even bouncy tents (separate fee per child required).  

Yum yum: outdoor food fest

Go on a taste adventure of culinary inspiration from around the world.  Enjoy traditional and authentic foods that will give a whole new meaning to ‘what’s cookin.’  Maybe even food trucks.  

Browse, shop and discover: festival and community marketplace

Unique Asian-inspired art, gifts, and getting involved in the community: shop around for art, books, clothing, jewelry, home décor, toys and souvenirs from A to Z.  Plus, how to get involved in your community, with cultural resources and services from education to healthy living, social services and more. 

Connect to nature and outdoors: check out Phalen Park trails, picnic areas and more

Maps of Phalen Park available at www.dragonfestival.org/event-map.html

Festival sponsorships still available: contact 651-675-8446 for information on packages and program opportunities.  Additional details on transportation and parking tips, performance schedule, etc., visit www.dragonfestival.org.

 

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