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Posted on: August 7, 2014

14-050 Cambodian Cultural Celebration returns to Saltwater State Park for seventh year

OLYMPIA – August 6, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the seventh 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, August 23, at Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Place South in Des Moines. Celebrate Cambodian culture with members of the South Puget Sound Cambodian communities through performances of traditional music, dance, skits, drumming, and activities, contests, displays, and demonstrations for the entire family. The Honorable Daravuth Huoth from the Royal Consulate of Cambodia will make a special appearance. In addition, Cambodian food will be available for purchase from Angkor Gourmet of Tacoma.

The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event.

Artists, performances and cultural organizations include:

  • Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest
  • Cambodian Heritage Society of Seattle
  • Khemarak Samaki Classical Group at Wat Samakirattanaram Buddhist Temple of Tacoma
  • Chhay Yeam (Khmer drumming) by Wat Vongkut Boreyram
  • Martial arts demonstration by United Southeast Asian Cultural Association, and Pradal Serey, Kun Khmer, Muay Thai (kick boxing) and Taekwondo

The Cambodian Cultural Celebration is presented by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program and Northwest Heritage Resources. This event has been funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation. For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, visit

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 and literally 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. Visitors may explore marine life in tide pools at the park and the seasonal spawning of salmon in McSorley Creek. Saltwater State Park is the only state park that features an underwater, artificial reef, providing divers an opportunity to discover the diversity of sea life and marine environments of Puget Sound. More information and directions to the park are at:

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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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

Media contacts:Debbie Fant (360) 902-8635
Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604 Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388


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