"I want my children, I want my grandchildren and their children, to be able to enjoy this festival down the road," she said. "You see all different nationalities coming together as one here. Who always wanted that? Martin Luther King. This was his dream. For the state of West Virginia, this is a big thing."
Mutlifest also plans to offer a college scholarship for graduating seniors.
The event at the Capitol features music every night, as well as more than 20 food vendors and 14 arts and crafts vendors. More than 30,000 people visited the festival this year.
"When we decided to call it Multifest, it was because we wanted members of every race and every creed to be a part of this festival," Hightower said. "We wanted to make sure that it was family-oriented, that you could bring your grandma, that you could bring your baby, whatever. We wanted to make sure that it was a safe environment where you could bring your kids and see what was happening."
Sponsors for Multifest include the Kanawha County Commission, Fairs and Festivals of West Virginia, the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, NiSource, DuPont, West Virginia State University, the West Virginia Lottery, American Electric Power, the American Petroleum Institute, Pepsi and Blue Cross, Blue Shield.
For more information on Multifest, visit www.multifestwva.com.
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.