News Release 13-043
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Srey Ryser, (360) 902-8626
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Celebrate State Parks Centennial
with ShellFest event and more at Fort Flagler
Aug. 12, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Parks Foundation invite the public to attend Centennial 2013 ShellFest at Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island in Jefferson County.
The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 17, at Fort Flagler State Park, 10541 Flagler Road, Nordland.
The day will include exhibits, a guided interpretive low-tide walk, food, hands-on children’s activities and educational information about restoring and protecting shellfish beds in Puget Sound as part of the Shellfish Initiative. The event is free. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park.
The Makah Indian Nation will present a welcoming ceremony, dances and story-telling. Traditional native fry bread will be available for purchase.
Lunch for the event will be provided by Shina Wysocki of Chelsea Farms LLC of Olympia, in partnership with Taylor Shellfish Farms, Shelton. Lunch is free, however, a suggested donation of $5 a person or $15 a family will go to benefit the Washington State Parks Foundation and Friends of Fort Flagler. The Washington State Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization formed specifically to support Washington State Parks by funding park improvements and programs. For more information, visit http://wspf.org or http://flaglerflashes.blogspot.com/ for the Friends of Fort Flagler.
Other sponsors for the event include the Washington State Department of Health, Washington BEACH Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Pacific Shellfish Growers Association, Washington Sea Grant, Pumpout-Don’t Dump Program, Northwest National Wildlife Federation, Washington State University, Jefferson County-Beach Watchers, Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and Friends of Fort Flagler State Park.
Shellfish are a significant recreational, commercial, and tribal resource and help to define Washington’s cultural and culinary identity. Event sponsors all have a role in protecting and preserving shellfish through Puget Sound cleanup efforts.
Evening concert follows ShellFest event
An evening concert featuring Chantilly Lace is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Battery Bankhead at Fort Flagler. The band performs oldies rock and roll, rockabilly, country rock, blues and classic rock, with songs spanning 50 years. They also perform original music with a 50s and 60s flavor. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, free for children under 13. For information about the concert, contact Fort Flagler State Park at 360-385-1259.
Fort Flagler State Park is a 784-acre marine camping park surrounded on three sides by 19,100 feet of saltwater shoreline. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound, with views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Many historic buildings remain at the site of the military fort, established at the turn of the 20th century.
Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WaStatePks and www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.
iThe Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013 and invites the public to events all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/. Discover Pass provides basic operating support to Washington State Parks. For information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.