Bicentennial Park | 233 Civic Center Dr. Columbus, OH 43215

May 17, 2020 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Bicentennial Park

233 Civic Center Dr. Columbus, OH 43215

May 17, 2020 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

How We Got Started


The year was 2010 when the Asian Festival promoted an exhibition of dragon boat racing on the Scioto Mile river in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The non-profit, arts-and-culture organization recruited two paddling teams and choreographed the event. Thus was born the city’s first Dragon Boat Race.

From these modest beginnings, the Dragon Boat Race has grown to include more than twenty contending crews, with a generous wellspring of support coming from our non-profit partners, corporate sponsors, the city of Columbus, and dozens of volunteers.

Every year since then, Asian Festival hosts this exciting water sport, part of its collection of celebrations that foster better understanding of Asian culture and promote cross-cultural exchange. These events include the Asian Games and the main festival at Franklin Park.

Open to the public, and free of charge, these celebrations fall within the month of May, highlighting the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and bringing greater visibility to the Asian-American communities in Central Ohio.

Volunteer Responsibilities
Karen Jiobu :: Zan Saavedra :: Austin Chen Oversight and Team Outreach
Dr. Yung-Chen Lu :: Manju Sankarappa :: Cora Munoz Asian Festival Officers
Dr. Yung-Chen Lu Team Recruitment
Sally and Tony Paz :: Karen Jiobu Site Planning
Matthew Mawhorter :: Greg Thirtyacre III :: Mory Furhmann :: Josie Blevins Food-Vendor-Transportation
Austin Chen Volunteer Recruitment
Dennis Chua Web Site

The Dragon Boat Experience

It’s showing that they’re willing to work together — showing that their employees are out doing something for the community — and, even if they’re not Asian, it shows the cultural gap that they’re bridging …

— Justin Shum

05/17/2020 (8:00 AM)








233 Civic Center Dr. Columbus, OH 43215

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