Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival in full swing

Shawn Derritt and Gloria Derritt performed at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The event continues until 5:30 p.m. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

The Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival is in full swing today at the Kansas City Kansas Community College Fieldhouse.

The event, celebrating the different ethnic groups that make up Wyandotte County, is free and open to the public. Dancing, music and foods are part of the events today.

The ethnic festival continues through 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at 7250 State Ave. Ethnic food is available for purchase at the event.

Winners of the Legends of Diversity award at today’s event were Barbara Clark-Evans and Eyyup Esen.

Curtis Smith, treasurer for the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival, said that sponsors this year included Kansas City Kansas Community College, KKFI, the Unified Government Department of Human Services and El Centro.

He said the festival has 62 booths and eight food vendors.

For more information, visit www.freewebs.com/wycoethnicfestival/entertainmentschedule.htm. Also see http://wyandottedaily.com/celebrate-diversity-at-the-wyandotte-county-ethnic-festival-april-15/.

Karen Hernandez, president of the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival, with Clarence Small, master of ceremonies, today at the annual event. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Hrvatski Obicaj Croatian Orchestra performed today at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

More than 60 booths are at today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival, including this booth representing the Panamanian Association of Kansas City. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Eight food vendors are at the Ethnic Festival today offering food for sale. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Food vendors are offering a variety of ethnic foods at today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

A variety of ethnic foods can be found at today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

A photographer snapped a photo, with the Panamanian Association of Kansas City booth in the background, at today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. The festival runs through 5:30 p.m. today at the fieldhouse. There are more than 60 booths and eight food vendors, plus music and dancing. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Clarence Small, master of ceremonies, talked with Helen Folsom, center, and Elizabeth Folsom, who were at a booth about Ireland., at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today. (Staff photo)

The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest booth at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

KCKCC nursing students, left to right, Michelle Kasper, Claire Gerkovich and Rachel Griffith were staffing a booth at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

Artist Chrystal Tucker was at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

Nepalese culture was the focus of this booth today at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

The Wyandot Nation of Kansas was represented today at a booth at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)

More than 60 booths were at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

A booth representing Chinese culture was at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today. (Staff photo)

A booth about Tanzanian culture also was at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

KCKCC President Doris Givens, right, chatted with Curtis Smith, treasurer and operations director of the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival, today at the event at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

The Naturally Designed booth today at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

Working the audio booth at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

The Russian Club of Kansas City was represented at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

More than 60 booths were at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

Guatemalan beverages were available at one booth at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

Art from Elaine Grisnik was on display today at a booth at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

A booth representing Hmong culture was at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today. (Staff photo)

Colorful fabrics and items were on display at a booth today at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)

The Unified Government’s Department of Human Services was one of the sponsors of the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival today at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

A booth representing the culture of Brazil was at today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)

The German-American Edelweiss Society also had a booth at today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

Local historian Loren Taylor, right front, and Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart, top right, were among those attending today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

El Centro was a sponsor of today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

The Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department stationed a truck outside today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

A booth on the culture of Croatia and Strawberry Hill was at today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

A Creative Children’s Corner provided activities for children attending today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

A Street Blues Festival booth today at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

The Henry Louis Center had a booth at today’s Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

KKFI radio, a sponsor of the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival, had a booth there today. (Staff photo)

One of several food booths today at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

3 thoughts on “Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival in full swing”

  1. I echo Karen’s sentiment, we are pleased with your coverage of the festival! Great photographs Mary.

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