SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival – features dragon cart racing + human curling

It is time for the 3rd annual SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival at Simon Fraser University.  The SFU Recreation department asked me to help create an event that would blend SFU's Scottish history with the large Asian population.  They liked the idea of Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner – but wondered how it would translate to a university campus?

In 2005, we came up with a take on the traditional Highland Games – but substituted dragon cart racing as a variation of dragon boat racing.  The 7 person carts were made by Bob Brinson, a former coach and steersperson with the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team.  In 2007, the event known as “human curling” was added.  Each event draws on a Chinese or Scottish cultural tradition, but with a Canadian twist that is wacky enough to capture the attention and spirit of fun that university students are known for.

Festival Activities and schedule:

TIME                                 ACTIVITY

11:30 – 11:45
                     Opening Ceremonies & Welcome + Celtic Dance Club Performance & Intro to Human Curling Challenge

11:45 – 12:20                      Human Curling + Awards

12:20 – 12:40                      Lion Dance by the Kung Fu Club, Capoeira Demonstration & Intro to Dragon Cart Races

12:40 – 1:15                       Dragon Cart Races

1:15 –
1:30                         Dragon Cart Awards & Closing Ceremonies

In addition we are having a Food station which will be offering popcorn, fortune cookies, haggis and egg rolls

I am being asked to provide a brief welcome and history of the event and then
to assist with MC'ing during the Human Curling Challenge & Dragon
Carts (providing commentary – as was done in the past). 

Please also note that this Festival is on THURS. JAN. 24th (and will
not be in conjunction with Robbie Burns Day which takes place Fri. Jan.
25th).

Full details for the Festival are online at http://students.sfu.ca/recreation/events/index.html#ghfc.

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