State College Hosts First Multicultural Unity Fair

Sep 24, 2018

State College community members filled the municipal building for the first ever Multicultural Unity Fair Saturday.

More than 200 people gathered to hear speeches and singing, see dance performances and taste a variety of international cuisines.

Sharon Barney is a member of the Community Diversity Group who helped organize the event.

“Certainly, with the climate, with our own experiences within the Community Diversity Group, we thought it was a good time to show unity and acceptance of all the members in our community,” Barney said.

State College Mayor Don Hahn said events like this play an important role in bringing people together.

“In many ways, having a fair like this -- where essentially we get to get together with people who we don’t usually get together with -- I think tends to increase the awareness that we’re all part of a human community,” Hahn said. 

Barney said the fair was intended as a one-time event, but with the volunteer help and turnout, another one isn’t out of the question.