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         Cambodian event returns to Millersylvania State Park
Olympia – May 5, 2010 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk Arts in the
Parks Program invites the public to attend to its third annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration at the
Millersylvania State Park near Olympia.

The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Millersylvania State Park
Environmental Learning Center, 12245 Tilley Road South, off I-5 Scott Lake (Exit 99). The festival
will feature a unique selection of traditional and contemporary Cambodian music and art forms
performed by South Puget Sound region's Cambodian community. Artists and performances include:

        Cambodian Classical and Folks Dance of Tacoma performing classical and traditional dances
        The Watanakpeap Dontrey band of Olympia performing live contemporary Cambodian music
        Singers Chharvy Svay and Cheth Choun
        Traditional Cambodian instrumental music by the Cambodian Classical Musical of Tacoma
        The Wat Prachum Raingsey Buddhist Association Chai Yam Ensemble performing traditional
         Cambodian percussion
        The United Southeast Asia Cultural Association demonstrating the martial arts of Pradal Serey,
         Kun Khmer, Muay Thai, kick boxing and Taekwondo
        Roosevelt Dancers performing folk dances
        Sokmakara Hang will present the history of Cambodia

The Cambodian Cultural Celebration offers something for the whole family, including hands-on
Cambodian crafts instruction for kids, face painting, a look at Cambodian history, artifacts and a taste
of Cambodian food. Vendor booths will feature Cambodian arts and crafts.

The Cambodian Cultural Celebration is presented by the Washington State Parks and Recreation
Commission Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program, Angkor Gourmet and Northwest Heritage

This event is part of the fifth season of a broader series of events celebrating Washington's diverse
cultures. The Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program is a partnership between the Washington
State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Arts Commission and Northwest
Heritage Resources. Funding support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, through
both a program grant and an Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment grant, and by the
Washington State Arts Commission and the Washington State Parks Foundation. For a full schedule of
the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program’s events, please see

This event is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required in order to
attend, please call (360) 902-8526 or (360) 753-1519, or for hearing- and speech-impaired, the
Washington Telecommunications Relay Service (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission thanks the public for supporting state parks.
Donations made to State Parks through the vehicle license tab renewal program will keep state parks
open in the 2009-2011 budget cycle, provided adequate revenues are collected. The Commission
manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-
distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 97-year-old park system will celebrate its
100th anniversary in 2013.