EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLast Day Of MultiFest Features Gospel Music
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Katy Brown, Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 2, 2013 3:28 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 4, 2013 11:30 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The sounds of soul and gospel filled the air in Charleston Sunday.
The annual MulitFest celebration wrapped up a weekend of activities with gospel music at the capitol..
Sunday's events kicked off with Abundant Life and 4 Given 4 Ministries. People were able to enjoy several gospel singing groups during the afternoon.
Sunday's events were set to wrap up with the Voices of Faith hitting the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Virginia Aires.
MultiFest is still kicking in Charleston.
The free event kicked off Friday night at the West Virginia Capitol Complex.
People from all over the area were out enjoying the free event.
Saturday's entertainment included Stratus taking the stage at 8 p.m. and headliner Sheila E. going on after.
All the fun wraps up at 8:00 p.m. Sunday with the Virginia Aires.
MultiFest kicked off Friday in Charleston.
The annual event is one many people look forward to, but this year the festival almost did not happen, after an embezzlement scheme created some bad publicity for organizers.
Hundreds of people headed to the West Virginia Capitol Complex to celebrate the city’s mix of ethnic and cultural differences.
“I’ve been coming to MultiFest since I was little, and I love it," Saianya Rose of Charleston said.
The event led many to take those ethnic and cultural differences and turn them into friendships, and allowed people to see, hear and taste things they may never have experienced.
“Let people experience our food,” Georgina Ishak of Raleigh, N.C. said. “It's everything we grew up with and we want people to know it and like it."
But the opportunity to share differences almost did not happen.
In 2012, MultiFest Treasurer Deborah Starks was in the middle of an embezzlement scheme.
She pleaded guilty to tax fraud and draining more than $300,000 from festival funds. Her husband was the festival’s director, but he resigned amid the scandal.
The incident left many wondering whether or not the MultiFest tradition would continue.
But now, under new leadership, and a new positive outlook, the celebration lives on.
"It's family-oriented,” Denise Jones of Charleston said. “That's what I like about it. Everyone is multitalented.
Everybody's coming out to have a good time, and it's good."
Events at the festval are scheduled for the entire weekend. Admission is free.
MultiFest kicked off Friday at the West Virginia Capitol Complex in Charleston.
The festival, the only statewide event celebrating cultural diversity, runs through Sunday and features art, music, education, cultural programs and cuisine.
Friday's scheduled headliner, the Zapp Band, was set to to take the stage at 9:15 p.m.
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