ABOUT WICHITA FESTIVALS, INC.
- Wichita Festivals, Inc. (WFI) was established in 1972 as a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebration within the Wichita community.
- Seven full-time staff members plan and implement WFI events with the help of more than 6,500 community volunteers.
- A volunteer board of directors elected from the community-at-large governs Wichita Festivals, Inc. Year-round committees, also filled by volunteers, help plan for the operations, finance and volunteer management of WFI events.
- Operational funding is secured from a variety of sources including: charitable gifts, concession sales, event admission sales and merchandise sales. WFI does not receive direct tax support from any government entity.
- Total cost for WFI to produce its events annually: just over $2 million.
- The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest, Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair and the Bob Struble Memorial Golf Tournament.
- Creating an economic impact of approximately $28-$32 million annually, Riverfest is the largest community event in Kansas. Riverfest’s ticket sales rank it at #50 in Pollstar’s Top 100 Outdoor Festival Sites worldwide.
- Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, the region’s premier juried art show and sale, was established in 2010 and welcomed over 30,000 visitors in 2019.
- Funding for these events is generated from corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations.
- WFI is a member of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and has been the recipient of numerous awards through the years from this organization. Most recently, WFI received Pinnacle Awards for the volunteer program, sponsor prospectus, newsletter, and best sponsor partnership.
Wichita Festivals, Inc., 444 E. William, Wichita, KS 67202