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Thousands celebrate World Refugee Day in Salt Lake City

Posted at 7:33 PM, Jun 07, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY – Saturday is World Refugee Day, and thousands of people gathered in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City to celebrate.

The Utah Refugee Center, Thurl Bailey and FOX 13 News’ Big Budah joined with more than 25 refugee communities to celebrate the estimated 50,000 refugees in the state.

Deb Coffey is among those who coordinated the event, and she said the event has grown over the last seven years.

"We currently have about 50,000 refugees living here, almost all of them in Salt Lake County," she said. "So we are a welcoming community, and this event is to bring the public together along with the refugees to celebrate all the goodness and culture they bring to our community."

The event included a global market with crafts and clothing from artisans, a soccer tournament, food, live music and dancing.