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UCO Celebrates Culture from the Far East with Asian Moon Festival Sept. 20

Sept. 13, 2013

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma invites the community to celebrate the culture of the Far East during the Asian Moon Festival at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Plunkett Park on Central’s campus. Inspired by the Chinese Moon Festival, the event is a traditional celebration for the fall and harvest season. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature Asia’s rich cultures throughout the evening with a performance from Miss Asian UCO 2013 Mariz Escobar, a traditional dress fashion show, customary dances, a paper lantern contest, face painting and authentic Asian cuisine. Children will receive goody bags while supplies last.           

Students in the Asian-American Student Association played a key role planning and co-sponsoring the event with Central’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.           

“The Asian-American Student Association is so excited to bring this program to the UCO and metro communities,” said MeShawn Conley, director of Central’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“It is a UCO tradition that celebrates the Asian culture while also exposing participants to new experiences.”             

Attendees ages 4 and above can participate in a handmade lantern contest. Lanterns may be of any shape and size, must be completed prior to the festival, and should be submitted by 6:30 p.m. Winners will be selected from three groups: 4-10 years old, 11-17 years old and college students.

For more information, visit, or contact Conley at 405-974-5944 or