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Service from the Heart

The Tet Festival cannot succeed without the help of the hundreds of volunteers each year. Whether you’re in high school looking for service hours or work for a corporation which provides charitable matching, we appreciate all the support you can provide.

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Pho Eating Contest

Think you have what it takes to eat a bowl of hot delicious pho in the shortest time possible?

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Martial Arts

Showcase your team’s skill and finesse in martial arts on our main stage. Applications will be available now!

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Youth Night

Join us in a night of singing and dancing as the student and youth organizations take the stage for Youth Night!

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Flower Arrangement

Showcase your artistry in our Flower Arrangement Contest.
Applications Available Soon!

Volunteer

Thank you to the 500+ volunteer applicants! We’re out of shifts, but we’ll be looking for your support again next year!

Contests

Skilled in photography? Think you can eat a bowl of pho faster than anyone else? Apply for a contest today!

Perform

We are looking for talented performers to light up our stage. Be it singing or performing magic, apply to entertain our guests. 

CONTESTS

CHILDREN’S PAGEANT

The Children’s Pageant is a traditional UVSA Tết Festival Contest  (“The Contest” or “Contest”)  in which children from the ages of 4 to 11 participate by wearing a variety of Vietnamese traditional attire and showcasing their talents. The contestants will display their favorite Vietnamese traditional attire with the áo tứ thân, áo bà ba, and áo dài (vietnamese dresses) and strut their stuff down the catwalk at OC Fair & Event Center hosted by UVSA (www.uvsa.org) during Tet Festival from January 27-29th, 2017 (www.tetfestival.org). Top contestants will move on to show off their talents through singing, dancing, reciting Vietnamese poetry, and much more. All children will be rewarded with a gift for their time and participation in the spotlight of the community.

LOCATION & TIME

Cultural Village Stage on January 29th (Sunday) from 2:00PM to 4:30PM

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Applicant must be between the ages of four (4) and eleven (11) to be eligible to participate in the contest.
  2. Applicant must attend Children’s Pageant Rehearsal from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on January 15th, 2017 at the UVSA Office, 12831 Western Ave, Unit B, Garden Grove CA 92841.  If the contestant cannot make the rehearsal, the contestant or agent must notify UVSA’s contest committee one (1) week prior.
  3. Entrant must have a waiver signed by a parent demonstrating consent for the contestant to enter the Contest.
  4. Contestant must be able to understand and speak some Vietnamese.
  5. Contestants will be judged on various rubrics and a judge panel.
  6. Winners must be present to receive their prize(s).
  7. No refunds for cancellations, late arrivals, or disqualifications.  
  8. For the attire portion, we recommend your child wears a Vietnamese attire: áo dài, áo ba ba, áo tư thân, or Vietnamese ethnic attire, but any other attire will be accepted as well.

PRIZES

  • Prince and Princess: $100
  • 1st runner up: $75
  • 2nd runner up: $50
  • All contestants will receive a gift bag full of school supplies

APPLICATION FEE

There is no application fee for children participating in the Children’s Pageant. However, space is limited.

DEADLINE

All submissions must be received by 11:59PM on  January 16, 2017

FLORAL ARRANGEMENT CONTEST

The art of floral arrangement is different for everyone. The placement of a rose, a cherry blossom, and a fern can change the appearance of the arrangement to one’s creativity and imagination. Springtime is best known for renewal, rebirth, regrowth of Mother Nature and lovely blooming of flowers. Demonstrate your creativity and artistic abilities with the Floral Arrangement contest at OC Fair & Event Center hosted by UVSA (www.uvsa.org) during Tet Festival on January 28th, 2017 (www.tetfestival.org).

LOCATION & TIME

The contest will take place in the Cultural Village. Actual time will be communicated via email to entrants.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Unless otherwise stated in the Competition Terms, the Competition is open to persons of any age. Entrants may be required to provide proof of identity and if aged under 18, entrant must have a waiver signed by a parent demonstrating consent for the entrant to enter the Contest.
  2. Contestants ages 12 and under may work in pairs or with one (1) adult as one (1) entryContestants must use all tools provided by the Contest Committee and shall not use any other tools.
  3. Contestants can display or take home their floral arrangement
  4. Use of resources such as the Internet, photos, electronic devices, and any other references are prohibited during the contest. Ideas must be gathered beforehand or be organic.
  5. Each contestant must work independently and without assistance from anyone. Such assistance may be subject to disqualification. An exception is made for contestants ages 12 and under may work in pairs or with one (1) adult as one (1) entry.
  6. Only contestant(s) named on application forms may participate.
  7. Contestants will be given 30 minutes to prepare arrangement.
  8. Only pre-festival sign-ups will be allowed free entry into the festival (contestant only).
  9. Winners must be present to receive their prize(s). Prizes will not be mailed.
  10. No refunds for cancellations, late arrivals, or disqualification.
  11. Prize-winners will be selected and notified in the manner set out in the Competition Terms. No prize will be awarded where any entrant has committed any form of misconduct (as determined by UVSA in its sole discretion).
  12. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. In the event of a prize being unavailable for any reason UVSA reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.

PRIZES

  • 1st place: $250
  • 2nd place: $100
  • 3rd place: $50

APPLICATION FEE

There is a $10 application fee per each entry submitted

DEADLINE

All submissions must be received by 11:59PM on  January 16, 2017

TET DANCE COMPETITION (TDC)

This application is for competing and exhibition teams interested in performing in the Tet Dance Competition.

LOCATION

TDC will take place on the main stage on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Exhibition teams do not have to pay an application fee and will be not competing for the prize. There is a limited amount of teams who can be performing as exhibition, so exhibition teams will be based on the directors’ choice.
  2. Teams must be a group of 7 dancers or more.
  3. Performances must be between 5 minutes to 7 minutes. One minute before the performance will be reserved for set up, and one minute after the performance will be reserved for clean up.
  4. Dance teams must submit their dance mix by 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 to contests@uvsa.org
  5. Rehearsal will be a weekday night before the opening of Tet Festival. Specific time to be determined.
  6. Soundcheck will be at 9:15 AM at the Main Stage on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
  7. The stage dimensions will be 42 FT x 32 FT.
  8. Only pre-festival sign-ups will be allowed free entry into the festival (contestants only).
  9. Winners must be present to receive their prize(s).
  10. No refunds for cancellations, late arrivals, or disqualifications.
  11. UVSA is not liable for the loss of any personal items during the time of the contest and/or in surrounding areas of the contest.
  12. Prize-Winners will be selected and notified in the manner set out in the Competition Terms. No prize will be awarded where any competitor has committed any form of misconduct (as determined by UVSA in its sole discretion).
  13. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. In the event of a prize being unavailable for any reason UVSA reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.
  14. Contestants must be available during the final round to claim the prize.

PRIZES

  • 1st Place: $300
  • 2nd Place: $100

APPLICATION FEE

There is a $15 application fee per each entry submitted. 

DEADLINE

All submissions must be received by 11:59PM on  January 16, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Applicant must be the age of 14 or older to qualify
  2. Any person that is an active UVSA director or committee member, is not eligible to enter the Competition. UVSA reserves the right to disqualify any person that it knows is, or has reasonable grounds to believe is, ineligible for the Competition as a result of this Rule.
  3. Photo must be uploaded to the application and have a maximum file size of 10MB. 
  4. The photos will be judged within a week, and the winners will be contacted.
  5. If your photo submission did not win a prize, there will have a second chance of winning the People’s Choice Award, to enter you must:
    1. Print out the photo, with the minimum size of 11 x 14″ and the maximum size of 16 x 20″.
    2. Photo must be framed or mounted and ready to be display
    3. Bring the photos to the festival on Friday evening of the festival or on Saturday by 12pm
    4. The photo will be displayed at the festival from 12pm on Saturday to 6pm on Sunday. There will be a voting box for attendees to vote on which photograph is their favorite
    5. The winner of the People’s Choice will be notified by 1pm on Sunday.
  6. Contestants will be given 1 complementary admission ticket.
  7. Winners must be present to receive their prize(s). Prizes will not be mailed.
  8. No refunds for cancellations, late arrivals, or disqualifications.
  9. UVSA is not liable for the loss of any personal items during the time of the contest and/or in surrounding areas of the contest.
  10. Prize-winners will be selected and notified in the manner set out in the Competition Terms. No prize will be awarded where any competitor has committed any form of misconduct (as determined by UVSA in its sole discretion).
  11. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. In the event of a prize being unavailable for any reason UVSA reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.
  12. Contestant must be available during the championship round to claim the prize.
  13. UVSA accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, injury (other than our liability for personal injury or death as a result of our negligence) or disappointment of any kind suffered by any entrant in entering the Competition, including as a result of any entrant winning or not winning any prize.
  14. UVSA accepts no responsibility for Entries lost, damaged or delayed in the post, or due to computer error in transit. Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will be void.

PRIZES

  • Grand Prize: $150
  • People’s Choice Award: $100

APPLICATION FEE

There is a $10 application fee per each entry submitted. 

DEADLINE

All submissions must be received by 11:59PM on  January 16, 2017

PHO EATING CONTEST

On your mark, get set, start slurping phở! Join us for our 4th Annual Phở Eating Contest. This intense contest brings in crowds rooting for the fastest Phở eating competitor. Who will bring home the grand prize this year and the title of Phở Eating Contest Champion? Sign up today and may the slurping be in your favor!

LOCATION & TIME

Cultural Village Stage. Times will be communicated to contestants via email.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Applicant must be the age of 16 or older to qualify. Competitors may be required to provide a Photo ID as proof of identity and if aged under 18, entrant must have a waiver signed by a parent demonstrating consent for the competitor to enter the Contest.
  2. Must use the utensils provided by UVSA (no hands or other utensils may be used).
  3. UVSA will not provide any condiments, but you can bring your own condiments (e.g. hoisin sauce, sriracha sauce).
  4. Bowl, spoon, plate, and paper mat must be cleaned from any left over to finish your round.
  5. Spills on the paper mat will increase your time results, depending on the size of spill (time increase chart will be present during contest).
  6. Contestants can be disqualified if he/she continues to spill after warning.
  7. Contestant must show to the judges and audience that everything in their bowl and mouth has been consumed in order to receive their final time.
  8. The competition will have a series of qualifying rounds on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2017.  The top times from any of the qualifying rounds will be asked to come back on Sunday, January 29, 2017. If the contestant passes a certain qualifying time, the contestant will automatically make it to the championship round on Sunday, January 29th.
  9. Only pre-festival sign-ups will be allowed free entry into the festival (contestants only).
  10. Winners must be present to receive their prize(s).
  11. No refunds for cancellations, late arrivals, or disqualifications.
  12. UVSA is not liable for the loss of any personal items during the time of the contest and/or in surrounding areas of the contest.
  13. Prize-Winners will be selected and notified in the manner set out in the Competition Terms. No prize will be awarded where any competitor has committed any form of misconduct (as determined by UVSA in its sole discretion).
  14. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. In the event of a prize being unavailable for any reason UVSA reserves the Right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.
  15. Contestants must be available during the final round to claim the prize.

APPLICATION FEE

There is a $10 application fee per each entry submitted

DEADLINE

All submissions must be received by 11:59PM on  January 16, 2017

TALENT COMPETITION

UVSA Tet Festival will be hosting a talent show competition on the main stage on the afternoon of Saturday January 28th. This competition is open to all types of talent from individual to group performances. Live auditions are required to participate in the talent show. The top talents will be chosen to compete in the final competition, live in front of thousands of audience members. Performances will be judged by a panel of renowned individuals. Participants must meet all criteria listed in the Terms & Conditions for the Talent Show Competition. 

AUDITIONS

A live audition is required for the Talent Show Competition. Exceptions shall be made, under special circumstances, for performers who are unable to attend allotted audition times, long-distance travelers, and large groups who have the option of submitting a demo in place of a live audition.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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PRIZES

  • Grand Prize: $1,000
  • Top Solo: TBD
  • Top Group: TBD
  • Most Traditional: TBD
  • Audience’s Choice: TBD

AUDITION FEE

There is a $10 audition fee for solo performance and $15 for group performance ($15 covers the whole group).

LIVE AUDITION DATES 

Auditions will take place at the UVSA Office at 12831 Western Ave Unit B, Garden Grove CA 92841 at the following days:

  • Sunday, Jan 8, 2017
  • Sunday, Jan 15, 2017
  • Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 from 11AM to 4PM
  • Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 from 12PM to 4PM

DEADLINE

All submissions must be received by 11:59PM on  January 22, 2017

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