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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Public invited to celebrate Cambodian culture at Saltwater State Park Aug. 11

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Event features music, dance, food, crafts and family activities

OLYMPIA – July 25, 2018 – The Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts Program invites the public to the 11th annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines.
The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Place S., Des Moines. (Driving directions.)


The event celebrates the culture of the South Puget Sound Cambodian communities through traditional music, dance and drumming, along with activities, contests, displays and demonstrations for the entire family. Cambodian food will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome.


Artists, performances and cultural organizations include:

  • Classical and traditional dances by Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest
  • Time-honored Cambodian stories and folktales
  • Cambodian Seven Colors Fashion Show
  • Cambodian traditional music
  • Cambodian singers Soporth Heang, Channan V. Son and Than Son
  • Muay Thai martial arts demonstration by United Southeast Asian Cultural Association
  • Activities, games, contests, displays and demonstrations
  • Cambodian food available for purchase
  • Cambodian clothing items and souvenirs available for purchase


The event is free; a Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park.

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program

The Cambodian Cultural Celebration is a part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts Program, with funding provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as support from the Washington State Parks Foundation.

For more information about the Folks and Traditional Arts program, including upcoming events, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/folkarts, or contact Makaela Kroin, Program Coordinator, at Makaela.Kroin@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 two cities jointly buried a hatchet at the park during the 1926 park dedication as a symbol of the end of their mutual competition. The park is a recreational destination nestled in the core of urban living, with forested trails and beach access. For more information about Saltwater State Park, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/578/Saltwater.


Media contacts:
Makaela Kroin, (360) 902-8635
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604

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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.


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