Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro is hosting the first-ever KWC Multicultural Festival this Saturday on campus. The festivities get underway at 2pm and will continue through 8pm in the Quad area with food trucks, vendors and live music.

Owensboro is already home to the Multicultural Festival held annually at First Presbyterian Church. However, that event, which is held in August, occurs before most area college students have returned to class. Lori Thurman, KWC's Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, wanted to create a festival that gave her students a chance to participate. There are a growing number of international students- not just at KWC, but at Brescia University as well. As Lori says, this festival showcases the fact that there is "strength in diversity!"

A variety of local businesses have jumped on board to sponsor KWC's inaugural multicultural event.

Presenting Sponsor - AmeriCorps Kentucky Campus Compact
Diversity Sponsor - KWC SGA
Equity Sponsors - Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Owensboro Health, Triple Crown Realty Group, Hager Foundation
Inclusion Sponsor - KWC SAPB

Various local food trucks will be on hand. They include- J's Good Grub, Crowe's Nest, Mi Cocinita, La Taqueria and Torera Hibachi.

Here's the afternoon's schedule of entertainment!

2-2:15 pm Foust Drumline
2:20-2:40 pm KWC OEI Fashion Show featuring KWC diversity organizations
2:45-3:00 pm Traditional Karate
3:05-3:15 pm GRADSA Dancers
3:20-3:35 pm Lunar Lion Dance from Louisville
3:40-4:00 pm Cocoa Flow KWC Alum, ‘14
4:00-5:00 pm Leisure Pursuit featuring KWC student Elijah Moss, ‘25
5:30-6:30 pm No Limits featuring KWC alum Latasha Shemwell, ‘96
7:00-8:00 pm KWC Alum CJ Eaves, ‘12

Plus, there are also over 50 different vendors lined up to participate.


MK Cakes

Momma T's Sweet Treats

Zion Riley- ZSA the Great

Rafe Buckner for City Commissioner

Coalition for an Inclusive Daviess County

Ryun Shienbien Art

Owensboro Community & Technical College

Maliyah Taylor Braids

Stallings Art

Retro Lids



Ajaleena's Healthy Cookies

Lillie Carman Candies

DC Democratic Party Voter Registration

Junior League of Owensboro

Cocoa Flo

Just Breathe Wellness


Aliyah Taylor Jewelry

Ali Bead Works

Southern Star



Berry Boujie

Cop a Pop Cake Popz

HL Neblett Community Center

American Red Cross

Owensboro Neighborhood Alliances

Owensboro Human Relations Commission

International Center of Owensboro

NAACP Owensboro

Traditional Karate

KWC Study Abroad

Lunar Lion Dance

KWC Prism

Le'etta Barrows Crochet

Hart & Soul Beverages

Non-Violent Owensboro

Holes to Go

Owensboro Black Expo

Owensboro Sister Cities

Matthew 25 AIDS Services


Triple Crown Realty

KWC Psychology Club

KWC English Department


Koda Wilson Jewelry

Prism Arts Alliance

River Valley Behavioral Health

Daylin Togo

Women of Note Music Auxiliary

Mrs. Voluptuous International

Kentucky Wesleyan College
Kentucky Wesleyan College

The event is open to the public. Public parking will be be available for $5, accepted via cash or Venmo.