More About the MOVMCF
 History:

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. 

 Mission:

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.

Objectives:

*Enhance multi-cultural awareness through artistic expression.
*Celebrate, perpetuate and preserve diverse art and culture.
*Recognize common traditions.

Testimonials: 

"I think it's great my daughter and I have been going for years, and for the past 7 my grand children have been coming with us."  D. Anderson, New Martinsville, WV, 2013

“It is very interesting to talk to and learn about different cultures and to see that we are not so different."  M. Joy, Parkersburg, WV, 2013

"I love everything about the Festival. I look forward to the entertainment, food & seeing my friends. I think it brings a lot of people to the city, so it is good for businesses. I love the fact that it is free so everyone has the chance to experience this wonderful weekend."    C. Schlarb, 2012


"My kids and I loved making origami! We made butterflies within ten minutes. They were very hard to do but fun. Plus my kids were amaze that they could do it. They also liked the candle making and making rope bracelets." ~ Denise, Elizabeth, WV, 2013 Festival


Board Members: 



 Jessica "Chavi" Duckworth

 President, AIM Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

 Samadhi Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Instructor

 Owner of Chavi Productions



  Jennifer Randolph

  Vice President

  Marketing Coordinator & Website Administrator

  Coordinator of Career Services at WVU-Parkersburg

  Assistant Instructor with S. H. Kang's Tae Kwon Do Academy  
  Parkersburg, WV at the Elite Sports Center



  Bea Corra

  Secretary, Entertainment Coordinator

  Co-Founder of Festival




 


  Marcia Westbrook, Treasurer












 Rick Rubin

 Director, Vendor & Concession Manager

 Owner of Rubin's Deli & Catering (mobile division) and Rubin's
 Rental Properties




 Angie Iafrate

 Director, Special Events Coordinator

 Hoopnotica Hoopdance Instructor

 Mid-Ohio Valley Hoopla, Owner

 Ventanitas Spanish Play School, Founder & Teacher







  Here's How To Find Us: 

Parkersburg City Park
1920 Park Ave
Parkersburg, WV 26101
 Special Needs:

Large print programs, braille event schedules and sign language interpretation are available on some presentations. These accommodations can be provided with an advance notice by contacting the festival office at 304-428-5554 three weeks prior to the event. No pets on festival grounds. Service animals are welcome.
Ohio Relay Service 800-750-0750. West Virginia Relay Service 800-682-8706.

 Contact Information:

P.O. Box 2050 Parkersburg, WV 26102

304-428-5554

movmcf@gmail.com

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