The 2014 WYCO Ethnic Festival will be celebrating its 9th year this year with a delicious variety of music, dancing, ethnic foods and many different ethnic booths. This is a free admission and free parking family event that will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 12 at the KCKCC Field House, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.
More than 50 organizations, countries, and ethnicities from Wyandotte County will be represented at the festival.
“This is a great way for people in our community to experience how diverse food, music, art, and dance generates a healthy optimistic sense of shared well-being” said Dr. Curtis V. Smith, a KCKCC Biology Professor and one of the coordinators of the event.
This year's Legends of Diversity Award will be presented at 12:15 p.m. to the two co-founders of this great community festival, Karen Hernandez, and Professor Melanie Scott, former director of the Intercultural Center. Past winners of the event include Loren Taylor, Pat Adams, Ed Grisnik, Chester Owens, Helen Walsh Folsom, and Carol Levers. There will also be a scholarship award given to a student at KCKCC.
Perennial Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Clarence Small, is back again this year. He has asked the community not to miss the start of the festival! Shawn Derritt, Director of Advising at KCKCC and brilliant gospel singer, will kick off the event at 11:00 a.m. sharp with a rousing version of “America the Beautiful" and the National Anthem.
Sponsorship opportunities are still open to members, companies and organizations. Click here to see how a group can get its name in the free program handed to every visitor and more.
To learn more about the festival, click here.
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