Our newest Convention Services Representative, Fidel Mitchell, graduated from Midwestern State University in December, 2013.  While at Midwestern State University, Fidel was active in the Caribbean Student Organization, as she originally hails from Antigua.

She happily agreed to share her insider’s perspective on Caribfest! 

Caribfest is an annual festival that has been held within the Wichita Falls community for over fifteen years.  Luckily, I have been able to experience the last three, each of which I have very fond memories of.  For me, Caribfest is festive music, indigenous West Indian food, and exotic handmade costumes. It is an overall cultural extravaganza!  All of which is put on by ‘US’, Caribbean students living within the Wichita Falls community. Throughout our 20 years in the Falls we have been welcomed, introduced to your culture and ways of life. Caribfest is our opportunity to say thank you and give Wichita Falls a taste of ours.

Thus my experience of Caribfest is of endless nights planning, gluing feathers and rhinestones on pieces of fabric, meeting people within the community, speaking with various charities about their causes  etc. Planning and orchestrating this event is quite the undertaking, but it is all a labor of love. 

On parade day watching the MSU and Wichita Falls community enjoying aspects of my culture gives me a great sense of pride and joy.  What makes it even more special to me is knowing that every last penny raised will be donated to a local charity.

In the past we have donated proceeds to Patsy’s House, Faith Mission, Disaster Helping Hands, and many others. Knowing the importance of a tertiary education, every year we also donate scholarship funds to the Wichita Falls Independent School District. This scholarship goes to a deserving WFISD Senior who is about to attend Midwestern State University

 All in all Caribfest is a great family friendly event, one that encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and experience a totally different culture.  I would definitely encourage any and every one to come out and witness this explosion of culture.  It’s time for the community to TASTE the Culture, FEEL the Culture, LIVE the Culture”

Fidel Mitchell during Caribfest 2011

–For more information on Caribfest click here!