Retired Superior Court Judge Jim Dawson and wife, Emily a retired teacher in Wheatland have been Bok Kai Volunteers over 25 years. Judge Dawson, a Chicago native and Mrs . Dawson had never attended any of the Bok Kai festivities prior to 1979 but became interested in the history of the celebration.

When asked to judge the parade, they never realized they would take over the Chairmanship of the Judging committee. Not only do they attend the planning meetings, they contribute by donating the plaques and trophies which are presented to participants.


The Wheatland residents are grateful that they have a committee of Judges, most of them actual Superior Court Judges helping on Parade day.
Retired Chief Mst. Sgt and Mrs Rick Givens have also been the band judges.


The Dawsons  greatest wish is that the Marysville community continues to support such a historic celebration.

Jim and Emily Dawson

2018 Bok Kai hostess


Alexis Hoffman

2018 Bok Kai grand marshals

Alexis Hoffman is 18 years old and is excited to become this year’s Bok Kai Hostess representing the Marysville Chinese Community. She was born in Castro Valley and she has a younger brother, Arik and an older sister, Alana. Her parents are Robert and Marilyn Hoffman. Her mother grew up in Marysville/Yuba City and was the 1989 Bok Kai Hostess when she was 18 years old. Alexis is honored to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She has many years of experience volunteering in communities through her school as well as through Girl Scouts. She is involved in many clubs and is the Vice President of the World Citizens Club where she is a senior at Castro Valley High School. She enjoys helping others and bringing people together with a similar purpose and interest. Alexis plans to attend college in the Fall and study Psychology. Outside of school, she enjoys photography, art, playing volleyball, and traveling with her family. Alexis has many memories of attending the Bok Kai Festival as a young child. Her favorite part is at the end when the dragon dances around the firecrackers. Alexis is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Bok Kai Festival!


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