Festival Activities




International Boulevard

Boulevard hours are Saturday 12pm - 6pm.

The International Boulevard is a novel event added to the festival in 2012.  A section of City Park is set up with a double row of tents being hosted by local residents who have heritage or business connections in other nations. National flags identify each booth, and a plethora of cultural items from each nation is on display including artwork, textiles, decor, pottery, jewelry, posters, maps, books, etc.  

The festival includes educational presentations  and displays on the variety of cultures that are represented in the Mid-Ohio Valley. In our increasingly global society, most people don't appreciate the myriad links that connect us through our families and neighbors, schools, faith communities, and employers to the rest of the world. The more we understand how interconnected we are, the more familiar and comfortable people will become with people of different dress and customs, and will accept that difference as interesting and part of the normal variety of society in the Mid-Ohio Valley. 

Arts in Motion Stage
See the schedule here.
Come be apart of the art as you get up close and interactive with the artists themselves. This stage will host a variety of crafts, storytelling, and art forms. Learn about the arts and cultures from the experts, artists, and crafters themselves through demonstrations and storytelling. Interaction and participation is encouraged!


MOVMCF Scholarship Essay Contest – 2014


2013-2014 High school seniors in Wood County, WV or Washington County, OH

who plan to continue their education


  1. AWARD:  $500
  2. Attendance of the student and teacher at the Award Ceremony at the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival on Sunday, June 22, 2014 to accept the award
  3. Essays will be on display at the MOVMCF on June 21 & 22(Sat & Sun)

Essay Rules:

  • Student must submit a completed entry form.
  • Length:  2-3 typed pages, double-spaced.  The student’s name should NOT be on the essay.
  • Essays are to be student-written
  • MOVMCF Committee members or their designees will judge Essays will be judged on the basis of authenticity and self-reflection, clarity, and effective and thoughtful expression.

Questions?   Contact MOVMCF Representative Charlotte Owens, cowensus@yahoo.com, (304)482-0626

Please submit your essay by May 5, 2014 to cowensus@yahoo.com; you may also mail it to Charlotte Owens, P. O. Box 73, Lithopolis, OH 43136.

Entry Form Download:  
MOVMCF school announcement 2014.doc

Essay Guidelines: MOVMCF_school_topics_2014.docx
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African Opening Night

Friday June 20th 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The festival this year will kick off with our African Opening Night. The festival will have an African theme on Friday June 20th. Help us kick off the festival while experiencing the rich and varied African culture. Entertainment will include Kenya Safari Acrobats at 8:30pm. 

History Hitting the Road!
History Hitting the Road! is an outreach program from the Farmstead at WVU Jackson's Mill. This unique program introduces participants to 19th century heritage arts and trades. This award winning program has been traveling to schools and events throughout WV and neighboring states since 2004. Activities can included blacksmithing, candle making, paper marbling, rope making, spinning, weaving, and woodworking.


Saturday June 21, 2014
Parkersburg City Park
Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101

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