Colorful Daegu festival highlights culture
DAEGU GARRISON — The Annual Colorful Daegu Global Festival was in full swing for the 6th year in a row, and thanks to the Camp Walker Community Activity Center, U.S. Soldiers and Family members wasted no time taking advantage of the opportunity to get off the installation and enjoy the city they now call home. The event, which was held May 19, amounted to a day-long experience that not even the rainy conditions could thwart.
According to Chong, Sam Yong, Camp Walker, CAC, “The Colorful Daegu Festival was a fantastic opportunity for U.S. Soldiers and their families to not only enjoy this event, but through diverse programs also learn more about Korean culture and traditions.”
Held in Gukchae Bo Sung Memorial Park, the festival was conveniently divided into four zones–Exciting, Fun, Delicious, and Fruitful. With more than 30 venues available for their pleasure and entertainment, USAG Daegu community members wandered about at their leisure as they made their way through the festival site. What they found along the way were events that included a scavenger hunt, a display on the wearing of traditional Korean costumes, food tasting, and an oriental medicine information booth. Several of the events allowed the Area IV visitors a hands-on, and up close experience they vowed never to forget.
With festivities winding down, Yong said, “this program is one that perfectly mirrors what the CAC staff tries to do when we set up tours for the Soldiers. We want the U.S. Army Soldiers and their families to be able to understand the community they are currently in. It is essential because we want them to live harmoniously throughout the time they are here in Korea. Events such as the Colorful Daegu Festival helps them better understand our community, and they do so in a fun and positive way.”