EUGENE, Ore. -- Thousands filled the Lane Events Center for the 28th annual Asian Celebration.
David Tam, chairman of the celebration said that this weekend’s events make up the largest Asian cultural event between Seattle and San Francisco.
“What makes our event unique is we're a culmination of the Filipino, the Chinese, the Koreans, Taiwanese… all of these groups under one roof to celebrate one big event,” said Tam.
The performers, artisans, vendors and volunteers set the stage for the nearly 16,000 people that organizers anticipate attending before the weekend is over.
The volunteer-supported celebration’s theme is choosing the path of awareness.
“We want to make people aware of what they are doing to the environment,” said Tam. “So you'll see us doing a lot of stuff with recycling … food waste, all of our papers are recycled paper.”
In keeping with the recent Chinese New Year, celebrating the year of the snake, giant, sequined lions danced around the convention center.
Lion dancer team captain Tri Tran said that it takes a lot of hard work to pull off a lion dance.
“Just imagine, you gotta learn how to improvise … and like, be imaginative where you can pretend to be a lion and express emotion through a costume,” said Tran. “We rely on a drum for instruction along with a lot of communication between the head and the tail."
The lion dancers are set to perform at 10:20 on the Asian Celebration’s main stage. The celebration goes from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets to the event are $6 for adults, children under 12 get in for free.