Approximately 10,000 sponsors, paddlers, volunteers, residents in the neighborhood, and the many donors and supporters of this year’s Dragon Festival gathered at Lake Phalen, Maplewood, the weekend of July 12 and 13. Despite the sporadic downpours on Saturday, it was another successful and entertaining event. A little rain cannot dampen the spirit of this hardy crowd!
Attendees enjoyed activities such as awakening of the dragon, authentic Asian delicacies, dance and martial art performances, and cheered on the paddlers of the dragon boat races. Teams practiced and raced on both days; though Saturday races were held up for approximately three hours because of weather conditions.
A total of 23 boat teams took part this year. Winners are:
1st: Hmong Health Care
3rd: Blue Cross Blue Shield
Best Team Spirit: Dragon Divas
Best T-shirts: Health East Rice Street Clinic Oars of the Dragon
1st: Monkey Bay Paddling Club
2nd: Accelerate Fitness
3rd: Boston Scientific Corporation
Best Team Spirit: Metropolitan State University Asian Students
Best T-shirts: Health Boston Scientific Corporation Dragon
Dragon Festival organizers wish to thank the following sponsors for their continued support of this annual Pan-Asian event: American Family Insurance, Ameriprise Financial, BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota, Boston Scientific, Bunning Aces Harness, Chatime, Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, State Farm, Target, US Bank, Target.