April 20, 2014

UMW to Hold 24th Annual Multicultural Fair, April 12

The University of Mary Washington will hold its 24th annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, is one of the largest annual events at UMW, attracting more than 4,000 attendees each year. The Multicultural Fair demonstrates UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness through a variety of ethnic performances, food and craft vendors. The fair also features kid-friendly crafts, activities and performances.

The annual Multicultural Fair is one of the most attended events at UMW.

The annual Multicultural Fair is one of the most attended events at UMW.

Throughout the day, more than 30 music and dance groups will perform across campus, including Save the Arcadian, a local folk-pop band, Calico Cloggers, Sons of Solomon and the Muggivan School of Irish Dance. A dozen UMW student groups will also perform, including BellACapella, UMW’s all-female a capella group, Eagle Bhangra and the UMW Salsa Club.

This year’s fair will feature more than 50 vendors selling an array of jewelry, pottery, instruments and traditional clothing representing various cultures and food trucks from different cuisines.

The Multicultural Fair will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. For more information, including a full list of performers, visit http://umw.edu/multicultural/fair or contact the James Fair Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044.

Multicultural Fair, April 12

The 2014 Multicultural Fair will be on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMW Fredericksburg Campus.

The 2014 Multicultural Fair will be on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMW Fredericksburg Campus.

Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center for the annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Fredericksburg campus rain or shine.

The Multicultural Fair is one of the largest, most anticipated events hosted at the University of Mary Washington and has entertained thousands of UMW and Fredericksburg community members for nearly 25 years. This year, the fair will feature over 30 diverse  performances, over 50 multicultural vendors, delicious ethnic and festival  foods and children’s activities. For additional information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044540-654-1044, or go to http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/multicultural-fair/.

Multicultural Fair Returned for 23rd Year, April 13

The University of Mary Washington held its 23rd annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, is one of the largest annual events at UMW, attracting more than 4,000 attendees each year. The Multicultural Fair demonstrates UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness through a variety of ethnic performances, food and vendors. The fair also features kid-friendly crafts, activities and performances.

The Multicultural Fair features dozens of music and dance performances, as well as food and crafts.

“It’s one of those events where an adult will have just as much fun as a kid,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. “There’s something for everyone.”

Throughout the day, more than 30 music and dance groups performed across campus, including Un Mundo, a local salsa band, Afro Funk All Stars, Intuition Band, Levi Stephens, and the McGrath Academy of Irish Dance. More than a dozen UMW student groups also performed, including BellACapella, UMW’s all-female a capella group, Eagle Bhangra and UMW Praise Dance.

This year’s fair featured more than 60 vendors selling an array of jewelry, pottery, instruments and traditional clothing representing various cultures and 11 food trucks from different cuisines.

“The goal [of the fair] is to celebrate cultural diversity and celebrate the differences amongst us and how they enrich our lives,” said Franklin. “It’s a very celebratory day.”

The Multicultural Fair will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. For more information, including a full list of performers, visit http://www.umw.edu/multicultural/fair or contact the James Fair Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044.

Multicultural Fair Draws Thousands to Campus

For the more than 4,000 people who attended UMW’s Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 14, the campus was transformed into a space for music, dance, art and food from countless cultures.

“The day was a great mixture of student performances as well as local and regional performers,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. “It made the day unique and special.”

Franklin said about 60 UMW volunteers helped make this year’s event possible.

For an album of photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150817947446660.473326.63057846659&type=3 or read the story in the Free Lance-Star.

Multicultural Fair 2011 Saturday, April 9

The Multicultural Fair generally attracts 3,000 to 4,000 people each year, and exemplifies UMW’s commitment to enhancing multicultural awareness. The Fair provides an entire day devoted to multicultural entertainment, children’s activities, international and American food, and ethnic craft vendors. Each year the Multicultural Student Affairs and James Farmer Multicultural Center work closely with UMW student organizations, faculty and staff in planning festivities. The University also partners with the greater Fredericksburg community, which plays an integral role in  successfully implementing the fair.

Multicultural Fair 2011

The Multicultural Fair will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. throughout the UMW campus community. The James Farmer Multicultural Center encourages everyone to attend or participate. Participation opportunities include, vending, performing, volunteering, or modeling in the Fashion Show.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities please visit the event’s website at http://www.umw.edu/multicultural/multicultural_fair/default.php or contact LaNita Weisenberger at lweisenb@umw.edu or (540) 654 – 1044.