Yes we are back in 2021 for the 15th "Annual" Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival!
We have outgrown our space at the Athletic Field House at KCKCC!
Kansas City Kansas Community College has been a wonderful founding sponsor beginning in 2006 and will continue to be integral to our future. The festival sponsors, ethnic groups, entertainment groups, and food vendors will essentially remain the same. We will maintain the core traditions of the festival by highlighting the unique ethnicities and culture present in Wyandotte County. Come and learn about the rich history and traditions of the Wyandot Tribe, the Quindaro Underground Railroad, the Hispanic Community, and Strawberry Hill European ethnic groups.
We have a wonderful new venue for 2021! Thanks in large part to Nikki Romolo at Sporting Kansas City, and Shai Perry, a board member of of the WyCo Ethnic Festival Inc., this year's festival will be on Saturday, September 18th from 11 to 7 p.m. at Children's Mercy Park. The festival will have an indoor and outdoor component. The entertainment stage (with very nice dressing rooms for participants), creative children's tent, and culture booths each with 2 tables and 2 chairs, will be located outside of the UMB Field Club entrance on the north side of the Park. All food vendors and dining tables will be located inside the UMB Field Club (there will be an entertainment screen inside to view the program). Food vendors, those hosting culture booths, and other vendors with tents will be allowed to drive up and drop off their materials and leave to park prior to 10:00 a.m. After 7:00 p.m. everyone can drive into Mazuna Park and pick up materials.
If you have registered for any facet of the festival in 2020, I just need you to email Curtis V. Smith at [email protected] to verify your intention to attend the festival in September.
Parking will be on the northwest end of Nebraska Furniture Mart! You can just walk across the street and up the concrete stairs to Mazuna Plaza!
There will be plenty of space for food vendors and closer proximity to wash basins!
All food vendors must be licensed.
Sporting Kansas City will, for the first time, create a map to locate your outdoor,
and indoor food vendor space!
This event will take place rain or shine!
Sporting Kansas City has a large staff of people that can help everyone move the entertainment stage and booth materials up to the second floor if the weather does not cooperate.
The festival is open to the public and will still have free entrance and free parking!
There is no other entrance to the festival except on the north side Mazuna Plaza / UMB Field Club at Children's Mercy Park. There will be no access to the field or the rest of the facility.
The Creative Children's Tent
Under the supervision of KCKCC Art Curator Shai Perry
the children's tent will be much bigger and include expanded activities for children.
We expect a larger crowd of people this year!
We anticipate more people attending from western Wyandotte County. We have extended the time of the festival from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate those that want to come over and eat dinner and check out the festival for the first time. Plan on staying the entire time form 11 to 7. Participants will not be able to pick up your materials with your car until after 7 p.m.
We have averaged 1,000 people who attend to celebrate human diversity and honor our common humanity. The festival recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King's dream of making connections with all members of our human family. The mission of the festival is to foster a climate of inclusiveness promoting relationships and contact among all people. We all love our own cultural traditions. This festival allows us to witness how others love theirs. In this way we all have one day to display and acknowledge MLK's "Beloved Community" and learn how to live more peacefully together each and every day.
There will be at least ten ethnic (*cash only) food booths and at least 50 tents representing ethnicities, countries, local organizations, and vendors. The festival is a wonderful educational event for people of any age. It is way to travel around the world without leaving the Dotte! Our main sponsors are Sporting Kansas City, KCKCC, and United Government of Wyandotte County Department of Human Services. There will be 16 entertainment groups mostly full costumed traditional dance groups performing every half hour. Live music performances will include a Croatian Orchestra and gospel choir.
Starting in 2011 two people in the community are honored each year as Legends of Diversity. The individuals selected make a concerted effort to work together with a variety of people on a variety of concerns, measures, and issues to benefit the community. We have not decided who will be the recipients of the award for 2021.
2011 - Loren Taylor and Pat Adams
2012 - Ed Grisnik and Chester Owens
2013 - Helen Folsom and Carol Levers
2014 - Karen Hernandez and Melanie Scott
2015 - Janith English - Kamiasha Tyner
2016 - Irene Caudillo and Alvin Sykes
2017 - Barbara Clark-Evans and Dr. Eyyup Esen
2018 - Dr. Ewa Unoke and Ed Chasteen
2019 - Dr. Hira Nair and Gordon Criswell
2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 - To be announced.
If you have any questions
We look forward to seeing you once again at this great community event!
Peace and Agape Love!
The Board of Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival Inc.
President and former KCKCC Trustee Karen Hernandez
Vice-President and Master of Ceremonies, Clarence Small
Coordinator, Treasurer, and retired KCKCC Professor of Biology, Dr. Curtis V. Smith
Curator of the KCKCC Art Gallery, Shai Perry,
Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Hira Nair
Professor of Political Science at KCKCC, Dr. Ewa Unoke
Director of Students Activities at KCKCC, Andrica Wilcoxen
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Community Outreach at KCKCC, Janel Sanders
We look forward to seeing you at Children's Mercy Park! Peace and Agape Love!