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Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival

Preparations are underway for the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival being held Sept. 26-Nov. 1, in Spokane’s Riverfront Park. A twenty-person work crew from Sichuan Tianyu has reconditioned and assembled 3000 items, including zoo animals, flowers, a 196-foot dragon and a giant fan.


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Crews from Sichuan Tianyu build the main gate entrance for the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, Sept. 15, 2015,on the Howard Street Bridge.


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Work crews from Sichuan Tianyu lift a life-size giraffe into position, Sept. 15, 2015, near the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival’s main gate on the Howard Street Bridge in Spokane’s Riverfront Park. The festival runs Sept. 26- Nov. 1.


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A zebra and a peacock await visitors to the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, Sept. 15, 2015, in Spokane’s Riverfront Park.


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A display featuring a Chinese wedding is part of the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival in Riverfront Park.


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A 196-foot dragon takes shape in Riverfront Park, Sept. 15, 2015. It will be ready for the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival opening on Sept. 26 and running through Oct 1. The dragon’s scales are hand-painted by a pair of workers over a five-day period.


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Sam Song, Acting Director of Riverfront Park and Jessie Li, representative for Sichuan Tianyu, view the display of windmill and the 196-foot dragon for the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, Sept. 15, 2015, in Riverfront Park.


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Sichuan Tianyu workers break for lunch of rice, pork, peanuts bean shoots and a spicy sauce, Sept. 15, 2015 in Riverfront Park. The workers have their own chef who cook 3 meals a day for the crew.


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Sam Song, Acting Director of Riverfront Park, and Younggang Chen, Sichuan Tianyu crew foreman, enjoy a lunch of rice, pork bean sprouts peanuts and spicy sauce, Sept. 15, 2015 in Riverfront Park


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A gathering of pandas, known as an embarrassment of pandas, await visitors in Riverfront Park as part of the Washington State Chinese Festival.


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Sam Song, Acting Director of Riverfront Park demonstrates how the Chinese fan will display lights, during a tour of the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, Sept. 15, 2015, in Riverfront Park.


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A deer with hand-painted face is one of 3000 items at the Washington State Lantern Festival in Riverfront Park.


Dan Pelle - The Spokesman-Review

Fancy flowers bloom along the Spokane River across from the INB Performing Arts Center in Riverfront Park as part of the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival.

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