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The Blue & Gray Press | August 21, 2019

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UMW Fair Promotes Diversity


The 23rd Annual Multicultural Fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, was held Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The seven-hour, outdoor event attracted more than 4,000 attendees, and is one of the most popular events at the University of Mary Washington.

The Fair provided entertainment in the form of performances, children’s activities, international foods and crafts.

“Many faculty find the Multicultural Fair a family-oriented event that also emphasizes to children the value of diversity,” said Gary Richards, chair of the English department and faculty advisor to People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual Minorities (PRISM).

Through this event, the University substantiates their commitment to enhancing multicultural awareness with their students, families and the Fredericksburg community.

After a year of preparation, UMW student organizations, alongside faculty and staff and the Fredericksburg community joined the UMW community for the fair.

There were over 30 performers, 60 vendors and 11 food trucks at the event, providing attendees with experiences from all over the world.

There were performances from the UMW Praise Dance, UMW Alter Egos, UMW Breakers, PRISM Dancers, BellaAcapella, the Lizzy Ross Band, Sons of Solomon and Un Mundo.

A multitude of vendors spread across Campus Walk and sold a variety of jewelry, instruments, pottery and clothing from different cultures. The 11 food trucks provided choices of American, Caribbean, Indian, Thai and Mediterranean food.