Celebrate State Parks Centennial with ShellFest event and more at Fort Flagler

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. 

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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.