Cultural Fest promises to showcase Radcliff’s diversity

A new Radcliff festival in the works promises a unique and diverse cultural experience.

Set to take place Sept. 14 at Radcliff Square Shopping Center, the Radcliff Cultu­ral Festival features a par­ade, a variety of international food options and live entertainment.

Festival co-organizer Toshie Murrell said the event is designed to celebrate Radcliff’s diversity and brand the city as a place to experience the world.

“This year is the catalyst of our vision to showcase Radcliff, one of the most culturally diverse cities in Kentucky,” Murrell said. “Our goal is to grow this festival to draw thousands to Radcliff and Hardin County.”

The event is organized by the Radcliff Community Council, which held its first meeting last fall. Murrell co-chairs the group with Radcliff City Councilwoman Pam DeRoche and former councilwoman Jeannette Stephens.

The city of Radcliff is assisting with the parade, which is scheduled to kick off the festival at 10 a.m. The parade route is expected to follow Dixie Boulevard from Walmart and end at Radcliff Square at the intersection with Lincoln Trail Boulevard, where festivities takes place until 5 p.m.

Countries and territories ranging from Guam to Greece to Belize will be represented at the festival, Murrell said. Inspired by Louisville’s WorldFest and Bowling Green’s In­ter­nat­ional Festival, Murrell said organizers plan a food court area, a cultural center and a vendor area. There also will be a stage where dances, musical performances and other cultural demonstrations will take place.

“However they want to showcase their culture and their heritage, that’s what the stage is going to be about,” Murrell said.

Vendor slots are available. Volunteers also are needed to spread the word about the festival and help with day-of coordination.

“It’s going to take the community to come together and get involved, get excited and be proud to showcase who we are as a city,” Murrell said.

Anyone interested in parti­ci­pating in the festival or volun­teer­ing can email Murrell at radcliffculturalfestival@gmail.com.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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