Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival

Subtitle

Welcome to the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival

A "Human Family Reunion"
to build our "Beloved Community"
and "Reclaim Our Common Humanity"

 The 15th "Annual" Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival 2023
KCKCC Technical Education Center
Multi-Purpose Room
 Saturday, April 15th from 11-5:30 P.M. 
and Sunday April 16th from 12-5 P.M. 

 Kansas City Kansas Community College supports the festival
 for the 15 year!  It is our first time at the Technical Education Center 
6565 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66102, 
and not in the Athletic Field House as we had been for 14 years.  
We think you will enjoy the new venue! 

KCKCC has been a great sponsor all these years providing the facility, the set-up of chairs, tables, stage and hanging our six banners.  KCKCC provides Campus Police for the event, and plenty of facilities people to clean the restrooms and remove trash.  Dr. Ian Corbett, Director of Audio Engineering, and his students, provide the excellent audio services for the festival. 
 
We missed all of you in 2020, 2021, and 2022 due to COVID-19.  In years before the pandemic we were averaging around 1,000 people in attendance.  With this kind of community interest we hope to restart the tradition.  This ethnic festival highlights the unique and rich cultural history of Wyandotte County.  Come and learn about the traditions of the Wyandot and Delaware Nations, the Quindaro Underground Railroad, the Hispanic Community, the Strawberry Hill European culture, the Grinter House, and many other ethnic groups in our diverse county.  

There will be 7 ethnic (*cash only) food booths, with free water, and tea or coffee for sale.  At least 50 booths representing ethnic groups, crafts, and local organizations will be in the multipurpose room.  The festival is a wonderful educational event for people of any age.  It provides a way to travel around the world without leaving the Dotte!  

Our main sponsors are KCKCC, the United Government of Wyandotte County Department of Human Services, and Visit Kansas City Kansas.  

There will be 13 entertainment groups on Saturday, and 6 on Sunday.  Most are traditionally costumed dance groups performing every 20 minutes.  This year we are featuring the Mavka Dancers with Kristina Levich as artistic director.  Live music groups will include the Croatian string orchestra Hrvatski Obicaj, Kolograd, Tez and Tam Gospel music, Deepa Realtie Reggae Band, and Rizz Illuminated. 

There will be 7 ethnic food tables set up in the Technical Education Center lobby in the deli area to the right when you enter the building.  There will be seating to eat in the deli area and in the  multi-purpose room located just down the hall from the lobby.  There will be plenty of direction signs and people to help with directions.  The multi-purpose room will have the entertainment stage and culture booths. 

The Overflow Room (N118) is located behind the multi-purpose room.  It will serve as the Art Vendors and Kids Korner.   This room can be accessed via the hallway that runs alongside the east side of the multi-purpose room.  There will be signs and people helping with directions.  There are restrooms at either end of this hallway.  

Entertainment groups will enjoy a wonderful PA system monitored by the KCKCC Audio Engineering program students directed by Dr. Ian Corbett.  Dance groups must supply music on Mobil devices or USB stick.  There will be a 1/8 inch plug and an Apple lightning adapter for Mobil devices.   There will be no CD player.   Besides the MC's microphone, there will be 3 microphones available on stage and 2 monitors.  The sound will be heard through two front stand speakers.  Clarence Small, our MC, will use a separate microphone that runs through the speakers in the ceiling of the multipurpose room.  

Food and culture booths should arrive between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to set up before the public enters at 11 a.m.  Food vendors and culture booths should plan to stay until 5:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday We will have people and carts to help bring in and carry out your supplies.   

For more information on when your group will perform click on entertainment located on this website, or email [email protected]

Entrance and parking is free in the TEC Parking lot on 6565 State Avenue!!!

The festival will take place rain or shine since it is indoors.               

The WyCo Ethnic 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 tend to appreciate our own cultural traditions.  This festival allows us to witness how others enjoy theirs especially dance, music and food.  We all have this day to display and acknowledge MLK's "Beloved Community" and learn how to live more peacefully together every day. 

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 are pleased to announce that the 2023 winners are Rose Marie Mendez and Brian Patrick.  Past winners are shown below: 

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 -2021-2022 - cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2023 -  Rose Marie Mendez and Brian Patrick  

  Further information is available by contacting Dr. Curtis V. Smith: [email protected]  
 
The Board of Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival Inc.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered federally and in the State Kansas. 

President and Master of Ceremonies - Clarence Small
Former KCKCC Trustee - Karen Hernandez  
Coordinator and Treasurer; former KCKCC Professor of Biology, Dr. Curtis V. Smith
KCKCC Director of the Art Gallery, Shai Perry
KCKCC Coordinator of Community and Adult Education, Janel Sanders 
KCKCC Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Hira Nair
KCKCC Professor of Political Science, Dr. Ewa Unoke  
KCKCC Director of Students Activities, Andrica Wilcoxen