WHEELING - Members of the Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival are looking for more participants and volunteers of various cultures to help make the inaugural event a success.
Slated for 1-8 p.m. June 29 at Wheeling's Heritage Port, the purpose of the festival is to celebrate the region's cultural diversity. The new festival - a collaboration of the YWCA Wheeling and the former Black Heritage Festival Committee - is an expansion of the original Black Heritage Festival to include people of all ethnic groups and not just minorities. This also is why the name of the festival has been changed.
YWCA Executive Director Lori Jones said the organization in the past has held a similar event at its Chapline Street location, but on a smaller scale.
PLANNING FESTIVAL — Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival committee members, back row, from left, Matt Klempa, Chad Thalman, Joyce Brooks, Angela Zambito-Hill, Julie Young, and front row, from left, Lori Jones, Rita Gupta and Michelle Wise are looking for more volunteers to join their ranks. -- Shelley Hanson
"We want everybody. ... Come help us celebrate," Jones said.
To date, groups planning on participating in the event include Oglebay Institute's folk dancers, Laughlin Chapel, Cabela's, Heritage Dance Group, Macedonia Baptist Church, Wheeling Fire Department, Wheeling Police Department, West Liberty University, Seeing Hand and more.
Jones said in addition to volunteers, vendors selling food and wares also are needed. Volunteers to help with children's activities also are wanted.
Those interested in getting involved can attend the group's next meeting slated for 6 p.m. Monday on the third floor of the YWCA, 1100 Chapline St., Wheeling.
For more information, call 304-232-0511 or you can vist www.multiculturefest.org/who-we-are/.