The City of Yakima officially has a new sister city. The newest sister city relationship for the City of Yakima became official on Saturday during a special signing ceremony Saturday on the grounds of State Fair Park.

Yakima and Hadong, County, South Korea sealed their sister city relationship when Hadong County Mayor Youn Sang-Ki and Yakima City Councilmember Holly Cousens signed documents during Saturday’s ceremony.

The connection between the Yakima area and Hadong County has grown over about the last five years.  Representatives of Hadong County’s Wild Tea Cultural Festival have come to the Central Washington State Fair during that time to run a booth featuring the region’s renowned green tea. A press release from the city of Yakima says groups from Yakima, which have included Central Washington State Fair representatives, have also visited Hadong County.  In May of this year, Cousens traveled with a Yakima delegation to South Korea to further explore the possibility of a sister city relationship between Yakima and Hadong County.

This fall, the Yakima City Council gave its approval to make Hadong County Yakima’s newest sister city.