The Charlotte Asian Festival returns to Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius on May 5. The one-day festival entertains visitors with Asian food, performances, Dragon Boat races, Asian cultural exhibits and the annual Miss Asian Festival Scholarship competition.
The Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Races are organized by the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, (CAACC) Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation, and the Charlotte Dragon Boat Association. The CAACC joined forces with Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Department in 1999 to introduce Asian culture and traditions to the greater Charlotte community. Visit Lake Norman (VLN) and the Town of Cornelius serve as hosts for the event.
The festival opens at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at on Lake Norman at Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius. Parking is available at the Palace Theatre on 17220 W. Catawba Road in Cornelius with free shuttle service to the festival site. Onsite parking is not available. The festival and races are free and open to the public. A full schedule of events is available online at www.charlottedragonboat.com
DRAGON BOATS ATTRACT A CROWD
Dragon Boat races now are held around the globe, in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, and there’s even a world championship. The team competition is an important part of the Chinese traditional calendar and originated more than 2,300 years ago in southern China.
Since its launch in 2006, the Lake Norman event has brought 5,500 to 7,000 visitors annually, according to Visit Lake Norman, the area’s tourism promotion agency..
The Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, is a nonprofit, all volunteer based organization. Founded in 1999, CAACC serves as a bridge to connect Asia and the United States in general and the local 70,000 plus Asian-American residents in the Charlotte community at large. With its increasing membership, CAACC’s focus is to continue to nurture, strengthen, and empower the Asian American business community in economic growth, Asian cultural awareness and active engagement in civic affairs.
May 20, 2011, “Healing Dragons paddle for cancer survival” – story and photos from the 2011 festival.