A blooming display of carved watermelon and carrots claims a place of honor at this year’s Asian Festival. Martial arts studios gave dynamic performances. Taekwondo masters leaped over youths bowed in back hand springs, expertly breaking boards high in the air. Renowned artists painted vibrant lilies and towering pines while haunting music rose from guzhengs, also known as Chinese zithers. Gold and pearl dragons leaped off the stage and danced through the crowds, bringing joy to the children scampering around their lively faces. It’s been a lovely afternoon.