Jefferson City gears up for Multicultural Fall Festival

Celebrating cultures and the fall season, the Multicultural Fall Festival is set for Saturday in Jefferson City.

The festival was the result of combining the former Multicultural Festival and the Downtown Harvest Fest last year, and is held in cooperation with the Jefferson City Multicultural Forum, the Downtown Association and the Governor’s Mansion.

Judy Healy-Mendez, treasurer of the Jefferson City Multicultural Forum, said roughly 7,000 people turned out last year for the first combined celebration.

The free event, which runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the downtown area, will feature performers, children’s entertainers, a costume parade and a fashion show.

Healy-Mendez said there will be activities and vendors throughout the downtown area and at the Governor’s Mansion. The festival also will see the return of the costume parade, with registration at the Governor’s Mansion at 10 a.m. Scholastic will be present as well, giving away free books.

She said a variety of different cultures and religions will be represented throughout the day, including Hispanic culture and Buddhism.

Also returning for a second year is the Lincoln University International Student Association Fashion Show, which highlights fashion from different countries around the world. Healy-Mendez said the show last year was a huge hit and she was happy to see it return to the festival.

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“(It’s) a good time for families to come out and just see a little bit abut what Jeff City’s all about,” she said. “All the different cultures that make us up, all the different ethnicities, all the different people and how we really are a community.”

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