NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches has been putting on the Multicultural Festival for 25 years.
The church has been encouraging diversity long before it was a topic in training seminars.
"We've had inclusions of the Indian community a couple of years ago," said Greg Dinan, the Festival chair. "Hungarian community this year, which were here also last year. Every year it seems to grow."
A flag of each participating ethnicity is ordered. So far the church has collected more than 100.
"It's a celebration on our roots," said Rev. Monsignor James Young. "No causes, no religious preaching, no political messages. We just want to appreciate one another."
The universal language that speaks the loudest is food. So much of it that Msgr. Young has difficulty naming a favorite.
"My problem is I like all foods and I eat 'em all," Young said.
Volunteers work hard planning all the events from the silent auction to a raffle for a car and lots more.
"There's an Ipad, an Ipod, there's a gift card, a $1,000 Visa gift card and it's just crazy how much stuff we have," said volunteer Kerrigan Hightower.
Long after the car is won and Young's dining choices return to normal something is left behind. People from all walks of life start socializing.
"The bigger picture of the multicultural festival is that indeed it brings our communities together," Dinan said.
Diversity training at its best.
The Multicultural Festival is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. The fun starts up again on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church is located on Appleby Sand Road in Nacogdoches.