Different venue, but same wide world of diversity

Clogging together are Garrett Oglesby, 10, and Sydney Bright, 5.
Amber Arnold / News-Leader

The MultiCultural Festival changed locations for its 10th year, but its goal to connect Springfield's diverse population with diverse community resources remains the same.

Samuel Knox, president of Unite, which organized Saturday's festival, said the venue was changed from Juanita K. Hammons Hall of the Performing Arts to Deliverance Temple, 2101 W. Chestnut Expressway, so exhibitors and entertainers could be in the same room.

"It's a closer atmosphere," said Nora England, who has exhibited at the festival each year.

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At the Baha'i booth, members of that faith passed out brochures and balloons bearing the message "We R 1 Family".

Dawn Ward said the Baha'i faith teaches racial unity and service to humanity.

"It's all based on love," she said.

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