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Children's Asian Moon Festival rising in Edmond

Gazette staff September 13th, 2007


The University of Central Oklahoma will host its fifth annual Children's Asian Moon Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, at Broncho Lake in the heart of UCO's campus, 100 N. University, in Edmond.

"The festival is traditionally a Chinese celebration in the fall, but we're taking this day and using it to celebrate the Asian culture and pay tribute to that," said MeShawn Conley, director of UCO's Multicultural Student Services.

Children will get a little taste of everything as the event features:
" singers,
" dancers,
" magicians,
" drummers,
" storytellers and
" martial arts performances.

The Multicultural Student Services and the Asian-American Student Association worked a lot within the Asian community to find authentic performers. Miss Asian UCO, Jennifer Myers, will be one of the singers at the event.

Various craft tables and face painters will be set up on-site to keep the kids engaged. They also will get the chance to participate in an interactive play that tells the story of the Asian Moon Festival.

"They're going to have a good time," Conley said. "They might realize that there's fun and celebratory events in all cultures."

Children will receive a goody bag and a lantern at the end of the night. They can then choose to take their lantern and follow behind the dragon in the traditional dragon dance.

The festivities are free and open to the public. For more information, call 974-5944.

"Lauren Parajon

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