The Multicultural Fair is back! After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the colorful, festive, crowd-pleasing event returned to the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus Saturday. The nexus may have shifted from Ball Circle – sacred site of Commencement, and current incubator to baby grasses – to Jefferson Square, but the familiar sounds and scents wafted down Campus Walk, which was filled with people, dogs and vendors.
The sun peeped from behind the clouds every now and then, and random raindrops fell, but none of the activities were dimmed.
“It was great to host the Multicultural Fair in person again,” said Marion Sanford, director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center, sponsor for 32 years of this annual spring event. “It was wonderful to have the amazing vendors and dynamic performances throughout the day.”
Many of the same crafters and talents returned this year to perform at the festival or offer their food and wares.
“We are grateful for all the volunteers,” Sanford said, “as well as everyone who came out to join us for this culturally enriching and lively event that celebrates diversity.”