Celebrate Cambodian culture at Saltwater State Park

Enjoy music, dance, food, crafts and family activities

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the 10th Annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration at Saltwater State Park in King County. The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Place South in Des Moines.

The event celebrates the region’s rich and colorful Cambodian culture. Members of the South Puget Sound Cambodian communities will perform traditional music, dance and drumming, as well as host activities, contests, displays and demonstrations for the entire family. In addition, Cambodian food will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event.

Artists, performances and cultural organizations include:

- Classical and traditional dances by Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest

- Traditional Cambodian stories and folktales

- Cambodian wedding fashion show

- Traditional Cambodian music

- Cambodian singer Songporth Heath

- Martial arts demonstrations by United Southeast Asian Cultural Association

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program: The Cambodian Cultural Celebration is part of a broader series of events recognizing and honoring Washington’s diverse cultural communities presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program, with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation. For more information about the Folks and Traditional Arts in the Parks program, including upcoming events, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/folkarts or contact Debbie Fant, Program Coordinator, at deborah.fant@parks.wa.gov or 360-902-8635.

About Saltwater State Park: Saltwater State Park is a camping park featuring 1,445 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound, halfway between the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. The park is a recreational destination nestled in the core of urban living, with forested trails and beach access. Visitors may explore marine life in tide pools at the park and view the seasonal spawning of salmon in McSorley Creek. For more information about Saltwater State Park, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/578/Saltwater.

About Washington State Parks: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com. Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

- Washington State Parks