Wheeling will celebrate the Upper Ohio Valley's rich ethnic heritage with a Multicultural Festival Sunday, June 29, on the waterfront.
Organizers say there will be non-stop live music and dancing from 1-9 p.m. representative of the variety of cultural influences that make up the Upper Ohio Valley. Music styles will run the gamut from gospel to polka band, reggae and latin sounds.
"The festival organizers have two goals this year,” said committee member Heather Lapp. “We want to showcase the different cultural and ethnic groups that come together to make our community the vibrant place that it is, and we want everyone to have fun!”
The entertainment, games, and activities, including demonstrations on the healing arts of reiki and Thai massage, a 50-foot air rifle and archery range, a rock-climbing wall, a name translation station, the Wheeling Nailers safety net and mascot and an 80-foot bouncy inflatable, will be free.
There will also be an Around-the-World carnival with games from six different continents, 75 food and non-food vendors include the Palace of Gold Gift Shop with exotic clothes and jewelry, colorful artwork and books, and soulful music to transform your heart.
On a more serious note, the Kiwanis Club will be on hand to raise awareness about its international campaign to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus and the Wheeling Human Rights Commission will be available to meet with residents about discrimination complaints related to housing, employment, and public accommodations.
The Multicultural Festival is a collaboration between the YWCA Wheeling and the Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival. For more information, call 304-232-0511 or visit MultiCutureFest.org