The city and county threatened to pull their part in the festival's funding but agreed to continue supporting Multifest after safeguards were put in place by the new board of directors.
Lloyd said they're trying very hard to move beyond their past troubles, and really, as far as what people should expect at the Capitol grounds this weekend, it's business as usual.
"Everything is still family-oriented," he said. "There's no alcohol on the grounds. We know people plan their family reunions around Multifest, and we just want people to come out and have a good time."
This festival kicks off Friday with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. and will include music by R-Eaze, Timeless Music, Blow, Amanda Pereze and The Zapp Band at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, Multifest begins at 1 p.m. with a full day of multicultural activities and entertainment that finishes up at 10 p.m. with a concert by 1980s R&B star Sheila E., which Lloyd said should be a highpoint of the weekend.
"The main reason we wanted her was that she puts on a fantastic show -- and we try to bring something like that to Multifest every year."
The festival will conclude Sunday with gospel music and message before closing out at 8 p.m. with gospel group, The Virginia Aires.
Lloyd said he hoped it would be a good weekend. A lot of work has gone into the planning and execution of this Multifest. However, the board is already working on plans for next year.
"Next year is our 25th year," he said. "We want to do that right."Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.