By MELINDA MINTON
This year brings Lacey Cultural Celebration, previously called Lacey Ethnic Celebration, offering foods, culture and entertainment from around the world.
Lacey isn’t the relatively new suburb it might seem to be. Long before Europeans traveled there, the area was home to Native American Nisqually and Squaxin tribes. Non-indigenous settlement began in the 1840s. By the 1890s this active farming and logging community boasted a hotel, post office, store, train station and nationally renowned horse-racing facility. Lacey was incorporated as a city in 1966. As the area became more populous, it was further enriched by immigrants from all walks of life. Lacey Cultural Celebration offers experiential education about the land and its customs, historic changes and people.
One favorite activity is a passport for kids. They’re given a passport at arrival, then travel through the event collecting stamps and learning about cultures and customs. Upon finishing at the passport station they’re awarded a prize for their efforts. Enjoy hands-on learning via arts-and-crafts activities, performances on three stages and colorful demonstrations embracing Lacey’s rich, multicultural heritage.
Lacey Cultural Celebration
10 a.m. Saturday, March 2
Marcus Pavilion and Worthington Center, Saint Martin’s University,
5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia