Asian Celebration rides into a new era with its 29th year

Asian Celebration rides into a new era with its 29th year »Play Video

EUGENE, Ore. -- The sights and sounds of over 30 different countries filled the Lane Events Center on Saturday for the 29th annual Asian Celebration. 

The annual event is in part a celebration of the new year. This year’s theme was “Riding Into A New Era”, a reflection of 2014 being the Year of the Horse on the Chinese Zodiac.

The thousands of attendees perused the over 90 different marketplace vendors, 20 different craft booths and 18 food merchants.

Chinese lion dancers weaved through the crowds that gathered around the main stage to watch children sing and dance. David Tam, the co-chair of the Asian Celebration, said the tradition of lion dancers is rooted in warding off evil spirits while bringing prosperity to the new year. 

“We are one of the largest Asian cultural events between San Francisco and Seattle," Tam said.

The event continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 for adults, children 12 and under get in for free.

Tam expects the two-day event to draw about 15,000 people.