Federal Way Diversity Commission hosting cultural fair

Federal Way is becoming more and more diverse by the day, and to celebrate, the city is having its first ever cultural fair.

This event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at Town Square Park. There will be live music from local performers, as well as food trucks and vendors.

Federal Way Diversity Commissioner Hiroshi Eto said he hopes residents take the opportunity to gather together and learn about their cultures and backgrounds, in an attempt to create a more united community.

“With diversity, comes a lot of cultural differences. This is an opportunity to leverage that diversity and bring the community together,” he said.

Federal Way’s population is growing, with around 100,000 residents in the city limits, according to the Federal Way Center on Opportunity.

Within this population, there are about 111 different languages spoken in households.

“If there are things the community has concerns about, maybe a language barrier, then there is a blind spot that can be bridged through these kind of events,” Eto said.

The demographic in Federal Way consists of 57 percent being white, 16 percent Latino, 14 percent Asian, 9 percent African-American and 4 percent in the other category, according to Suburban Stats.

The community makeup has changed a lot through the years, according to a letter to the Federal Way Mirror where resident Walter Kostecka recalled how when he and his wife first arrived in the city, residents were mostly white. Since this is the inaugural fair, Eto said it is hard to predict how many people will attend. He said he is worried about the Federal Way Farmers Market, as he does not want the fair to compete against this event.

“Hopefully people won’t view it [as competition] since it is an easy walk over from the Commons Mall to Town Square Park. So hopefully they can enjoy both the events,” Eto said.

He said the Diversity Commission hopes this will become an annual event and tradition.

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