Friday, June 5, 2015

Saturday Snapshots - Kent International Festival

My husband's sister and her granddaughter visited recently, so we've been acting like tourists. Luckily, we were able to find activities in our area that both ages enjoyed, including the Kent International Festival at the Showare Center in Kent, Washington. 

We had a great time "visiting" all the countries represented at the festival. Here are a few of the pictures I took of that event.

Have you ever tried to pick up Skittles
using chopsticks?

Crafts from Istanbul

Colorful costumes everywhere we looked

Carvings from Kenya

Musical entertainment from Mexico
According to the festival website:
Kent is the most culturally diverse city in Washington and south King County is the most diverse area of our state. Our community is made up of people from around the globe of all races, creeds and customs. About half our population has a long history in America including many minorities. The other half of our population has more recently located in our area coming from all parts of the world. All our residents live in communities that reflect this great diversity of heritage and culture. Much of this demographic mixture has happened very rapidly over the last twenty years. Our schools have students where around 140 languages and dialects other then English are spoken at their homes. Local employers have employees where often dozens of different languages are spoken by their workers.
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  1. What a wonderful, colourful festival that looks. So much fun. I bet they had wonderful international foods too.

    1. They did have food booths, and the offerings smelled delicious. However, our 9-year-old guest wasn't interested in trying any "suspicious" dishes.

  2. What an awesome festival. It remind me of "international night" that we had at our high school where you could go and buy tickets for plates of food from different countries. I love the crafts and other items at the Kent Festival.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

  3. Isn't it fun to be a "tourist" with family or friends? You can then see things you might not have otherwise noticed. Thanks for sharing the photos and the facts.


    1. We had a great time discovering new places and events to enjoy -- both for our guests and for us.

  4. WOW! This looks like something I would really enjoy going to!

    Linda in VA

  5. Great photos, Sandy! I can totally believe what you wrote about Kent's diversity. I went to high school in Kent. Both the town/city and the population of KMHS are almost unrecognizable now.

    1. I copied the info direct from the festival website (including their error - "dialects other THEN English.") I was surprised by the number of different languages spoken by students in the Kent schools. That must be a challenge for teachers.

  6. Wonderful photos and it looks like great fun! Something for everybody...I have to try picking up Skittles with chopsticks! laugh!

    1. I tried it. There's no way. Even the kids manning the table had a hard time!

  7. Such fun...I love such festivals...

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