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Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival delights children

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Edison DeBarr, 5, of Vienna, makes leaf art at the Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival on Saturday.

PARKERSBURG — The second day of the the 24th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival was a hit with the kids.

Saturday offered bubble ballets, crafts and many other fun activities for the kids to enjoy. In the kids area, the crafts included adding leaves to the tree of life, ceremonial rattles, rainsticks and cowbell necklaces.

“It gets in touch with kids’ creative side,” said Brooke Drennen, of Parkersburg.

Drennen said she really appreciates how the activities interested the kids and got them interested in the history of other cultures.

“Anything that gets kids away from video games is great,” she said.

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Crowds of people enjoy watching G.O.R.E.E., an African drum and dance group perform.

Other than crafts, attendees could go learn from Jason Dreveenak, president of the North American Bushcraft School. Some of the lessons he taught Saturday included the history of fire and how to make arrowheads.

“People don’t always think much about how a fire can vary from culture to culture, but they do,” Dreveenak said.

Some examples given included how the fires were made, used and the different tinders burned.

“When making tools out of flint, you need the right kind of tool that will chip it, but not shatter it or just bounce off,” Dreveenak said.

Dreveenak used moose antlers to shape the flint, because they were of good density.

Photo by Madeline Scarborough People gathered to learn about how to make arrowheads from Jason Dreveenak, president of the North American Bushcraft School.

Others came out just for the music and dancing at the festival Saturday.

“I think this festival is great,” said Lilith George,7, of Petroleum, as she danced in the crowd with her new hip scarf to the music.

George said she loves the music and is hoping to learn some belly dancing.

The festival concludes today at City Park in Parkersburg. Today’s entertainment schedule includes:

* Noon: Interfaith Prayer

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Professor Bubblemaker shows off his bubble blowing skills to those attending the Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival on Saturday.

* 12:30 p.m.: Pipes and Drums of St Andrews (Scottish Bagpipes)

* 1:30 p.m.: Athens Irish Dancers (Irish Dance)

* 2:30 p.m.: G.O.R.E.E. Drum and Dance (African Drum and Dance)

* 3:30 p.m.: Steve Free (Native American folk music)

* 5 p.m.: Stallion (70s and 80s Rock)

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Professor Bubblemaker shows off his bubble blowing skills to those attending the Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival on Saturday.

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Leah Carpenter, 10, and Lakyn Carpenter, 7, of Belpre, make rainsticks in the craft area.

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