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WVU Hosts Morgantown International Festival

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International students from more than one hundred countries come to West Virginia University each year.

About twenty cultures were represented at the International Festival at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park as part of WVU's Diversity Week.

The event has grown so much in the past twenty years, organizers had to change venues.

"Because we had so many schools interested in coming and participating and attending so we thought maybe that's a good opportunity for us to grow it and bring it to the community. Especially BOPARC and Sister cities of Morgantown and we've been working together to do the same thing only at a different location," said Grace Atebe the Assistant Director at WVU's Office of International Students.

Students from elementary school to high school came out for the festival where they could get information from the International and Cultural organizations at WVU. Local restaurants were on hand to give free samples and offer a taste of the world.

"I like the tasting of the food, and viewing the different cultures," said Tess Gibbs, a high school junior.

Each tent represented a different country or culture. Kids could bring their passport, get it stamped, ask a few questions and learn something from each place.

Students and community members could experience different cultures from around the world, including different foods and drinks.

"I played with this thing I'm not sure what it was but you put this mixture in it and you stir it up and it's like a drink but it's formed into a green powder," Gibbs said.

"Diversity is a big thing now around the world. I mean we definitely want to have people, students who are more globally engaged, globally aware, globally knowledgeable," Atebe said.

WVU Diversity week continues Friday night with different events on and around campus.

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