Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival
- Arts & Culture
- Race & Ethnicity
LocationPO BOX 2050Parkersburg City ParkPARKERSBURG, WV 26102 United States
The mission of the MOVMCF is to offer a free annual festival which encourages the appreciation and recognition of community diversity through entertainment, cuisine, education, and artistic expression of all cultures.
The festival was founded in 1996 by Eugene Donaway, Bea Corra and a small group of citizens as a way to multi-cultural awareness in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to secure funding, conduct research and engage culturally diverse performers, concessionaires, and vendors in order to provide a free, three-day, outdoor celebration of various cultures and nationalities. These efforts to enhance multi-cultural awareness and understanding have made a very positive impact on the quality of life in the Mid-Ohio Valley by opening lines of communication among diverse groups and providing a celebration of their diversity.
WV has a small minority population and, often, artists and entertainers must be solicited from larger metropolitan areas such as Columbus, Pittsburgh, and New York. These artists travel to WV, often staying overnight, bringing friends and family with them. The MOVMCF has increased tourism to the area and introduced WV to many people who may not otherwise have visited.