This weekend is the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival in Parkersburg’s City Park. If you have not ever been to this annual event…or haven’t been there yet this weekend…I encourage you to go. WTAP and TheNewsCenter have been a media sponsor of this event for a number of years. The reason: the children of the Mid-Ohio Valley are not likely to ever live in any other area that has such little cultural and racial diversity. We are one of the most homogenized areas, ethnically speaking, in the U.S. That’s just fine! But we are the exception rather than the norm in that regard. When young people from our area go off to college or to the military or leave the area to go just about anywhere else, they will see a much higher percentage of people whose ethnicity is different from theirs. So, in order to help them learn more about other cultures and to make it a little easier for them to establish friendships with people of other cultures, this festival is a great idea. My hat is off to Bea Corra, Rick Ruben, and the host of volunteers who make this FREE festival a success each year. That‘s right. There’s no admission fee. They depend on grants and sponsors to put on this event each year. One sure way to make it a success is to patronize the vendors who come from near and far to sell their goods. So work up an appetite, take the family, and some money, and have a great time. The entertainment will be unlike anything you’ll see at any other festival in the area and so is the selection of food. The Multi-Cultural Festival runs through Sunday evening at the Parkersburg City Park. You can find out more about it by going to our webchannel, TheNewsCenter-dot-tv. That’s this week’s editorial.
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