By Ellen Duong
The city of Quincy celebrated its 27th annual August Moon Festival on August 17. The festival, organized by Quincy Asian Resources, Inc (QARI亞協服務中心) and presenting sponsor South Cove Community Far merits Center (華人醫務中心), is the largest outdoor cultural event in the South Shore.
Celebrations kicked off with a dazzling display of dragon and lion dances on the main stage. Festival co-chairs, elected officials, and festival sponsors then gathered on the stage and greeted the crowd with welcoming words.
“Look around you,” said Quincy Mayor Tom Koch (昆士市長柯奇). “There is a sea of people of all ages, sizes, and colors. It is a great day for Quincy to celebrate the August Moon Festival.” He acknowledged the hard work and efforts of more than 300 volunteers who worked tirelessly to make preparations for the event, and he thanked the sponsors for making the event possible in Quincy.
The Quincy August Moon Festival featured two stages with several cultural performances, including traditional dances, martial arts demonstrations, singing, and drumming. Many vendor and sponsor booths were set up along both sides of Hancock Street, spanning roughly 1,400 to 1,600 blocks. Vendor booths sold Chinese charms and figurines, as well as international food and cold drinks. Several of the sponsor booths featured crafts, games, and other interactive activities for children and families.
This year’s festival even featured a second area along Ross Parkingway between Hancock Street and Hannon Parkway with amusement rides, pony rides, and a dunk tank, where proceeds benefited QARI’s programs and services.