UPDATE: Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival underway

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The 24th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival kicked off Friday night.

Hundreds came out to City Park for the start of the 3-day festival.

The opening ceremonies featured a rendition of the national anthem and introduction of the festival board.

Friday night’s theme was Appalachian roots, with performances by Kanawha Traditions with Bobby Taylor and the Big Possum Stringband.

Vendors say the festival is a great way to interact with the community.

“The basic message of pluralism and inclusiveness is critical, I mean it’s what makes for a good community, it’s what makes for a harmonious community, it’s what causes young people to stay and so that’s what this festival is about and this is a good place to have it,” Bill Ambrose, a vendor, said.

The festival runs through Sunday.


The Mid-Ohio Valley is gearing up to celebrate diversity this weekend.

The 24th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival kicks off Friday night at 6 at City Park.

The 3-day event features acts from across the country, dozens of vendors, and tasty food.

The festival started back in the 1990s to recognize different cultures and organizers hope to continue that mission.

“The goal is just to bring cultural education to the area and keep it free, that’s our biggest mission, I think that we struggle to continue to hold onto year after year because some people they can’t afford to go to some of those things, so to be able to have a free annual festival that they can come all 3 days is great,” Jennifer Randolph, a festival board member said.

The festival runs through Sunday, June 23rd. It’s free to attend.

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