Chinese Dragon Boat Festival on June 7 at Funtasticks (new location)



I attended this fun, family-friendly event a few years ago, and watched the kids launch their colorful, wooden dragon boats (powered by balloons) to the finish line (with lots of cheering parents/friends). It’s quite a feat of physics (and luck).

Enjoy this summer festival, at this NEW location Funtasticks Family Fun Park, 221 E. Wetmore Rd. (NE corner of Stone Ave.). It was previously held at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center (TCCC) nearby on W. River Rd.

More info at new website of TCCC,

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Dropped by for this event to see the kids enjoying the water park activities: bumper boats, carnival rides, racing cars, lunch, indoor games, etc. Info booth by So. AZ Asian & Pacific Islander Health Coalition there to explain the nuances of the Affordable Care Act. Enjoy the hot summer months.

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