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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

December, 2016

STRONG ATTENDANCE, INCREASED SUPPORT MEAN SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR WICHITA FESTIVALS
Not-for-profit that produces Riverfest, Autumn & Art recaps 2016’s successes

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. today shared with sponsors, supporters, volunteers and the public an overview of the organization’s successes in 2016.

Wichita Festivals, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission of community celebration, produced a safe, well-attended Riverfest that united the community for nine days in June and the largest-ever Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, held over a beautiful weekend in September. Annual financial results were positive, which will allow the organization to rebuild its reserves and organize high-quality programs in 2017.

“So many great supporters and partners enabled us to produce amazing festivals this year, and we had hundreds of thousands of attendees that got to enjoy their generosity,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals. “We are so grateful for everyone who helps us enhance Wichita’s quality of life through our events. Our sponsors, donors, collaborators and volunteers – they are 100 percent dedicated to making this community great.”

Here is a “WFI by the Numbers” review of 2016:

Riverfest 2016, June 3-11:
* Total attendance was 455,000, an 11 percent increase from 2015.
* More than 250 partners (including sponsors and Corporate Hosts) representing $820,000 in cash sponsorships plus nearly $700,000 of in-kind contributions, provided support for the festival. Sponsor support is up more than 40 percent in four years.
* With more than 103,000 admission buttons and pins sold, Riverfest is poised to, once again, rank among the 40 largest outdoor festivals in the world, according to Pollstar.
* More than 7,200 volunteers assisted at Riverfest, including 702 new volunteers, putting in more than 35,000 work-hours.
* Nearly 2,500 buttons were distributed to worthy citizens through 29 social service organizations, thanks to the Celebrations for a Cause program.
* The Safelite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade drew more than 40,000 attendees and saw a significant increase in creative presentation as well as number of entries: 116.
* Kennedy Plaza and the banks of the Arkansas River played host to a crowd of more than 60,000 for the Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale.
* National headliners continued to be a major draw for the festival, with the largest audience – 35,000 fans – gathered for Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River with The Roots. Other popular concerts included Elle King Presented by Koch Industries (25,000), Violent Femmes (20,000), the Coleman Country Concert with co-headliners A Thousand Horses and Brothers Osborne (19,000) and two Hispanic-themed line-ups that drew audiences of 10,000 and 17,000 on Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, June 11, respectively.

Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair 2016, Sept. 16-18:
* The region’s largest fine-art fair, Autumn & Art hosted 99 artists from 23 states.
* Nearly 30,000 art lovers attended the event.
* Thirty-nine sponsors, including presenting sponsor Fidelity Bank, provided nearly $200,000 in cash and in-kind support for this event.
* More than 700 sponsors and patrons, whose financial support enables the public to have free admission to the festival, attended the Opening Night Patron Party.
* Award-winning artists, including two from Kansas, received a total of $7,500 in cash prizes.

More information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. and the events it produces is available at WichitaFestivals.com.
Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 2-10, 2017) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 15-17, 2017). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or Teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

October 12, 2016

RIVERFEST 2017 NEEDS YOU!

Open now: Emprise Bank Poster-Art Contest and calls for festival entertainers, event organizers and food vendors

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. today invited citizens to take part in the biggest event in Kansas – Riverfest. Planning season for Riverfest 2017 has officially begun with the release of the Call for Entries for the Riverfest Poster & Button Artwork Contest sponsored by Emprise Bank, as well as applications for food vendors, entertainers and event organizers.

“Riverfest is a team effort,” said Ann Keefer, vice president of program development for WFI. “And the citizens of Wichita make up that team. No matter what position you play, so to speak, whether you’re a musician or other performer; a hobbyist or company who wants to create an event; a vendor with fun and unique food products; or an artist who can tell the story of Riverfest with a creative poster design, we need you to help build a winning festival.”

Designs are sought for Riverfest 2017 based on the theme, “River Madness!” The winning artist will receive a $3,500 cash prize. All artists 18 or older are invited to participate and no fee is required to enter. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 to be eligible.

“It’s so exciting to see the wide variety of ways that artists and designers interpret the festival,” said Teri Mott, director of marketing and communication at WFI. “Selecting a winner is always a wonderful challenge for the judging team, because so many talented people submit designs.”

The winning artwork will be featured on the Riverfest 2017 poster, buttons, official T-shirt and other items, and will be used as the central artwork in promotional campaigns for the nine-day annual celebration, scheduled for June 2-10 in downtown Wichita.

Original Wichitennial and Wichita River Festival designs dating back to 1970 were created by local artists. Conducted periodically throughout the 46-year history of the festival, the annual contest was reestablished by popular demand in 2011. Release of the artwork is much anticipated and collectors value the pins, posters and buttons based on the artwork.

Local and regional entertainers also have an important place in Riverfest history. While national headline acts are much anticipated, favorite area bands and other performers have always been fundamental to the diverse flavor of Riverfest. Plus, iconic Riverfest events such as the bathtub races have sprung from the minds of local hobbyists and civic groups.

Those interested in contributing their talents to Riverfest can find New Event, Entertainment, and Food Vendor applications, as well as the Poster & Button Artwork Contest rules and application at WichitaRiverfest.com.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 2-10, 2017) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 15-17, 2017). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or Teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

October 4, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. – New officers and directors began terms this week for Wichita Festivals, Inc., a non-profit that enhances Wichita’s quality of life through large-scale events, including Riverfest and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair.

Don Grant of Carey, Thomas, Hoover and Breault will chair the organization’s board for the 2016-2017 board year. D.J. Fulton of Grene Vision Group is chair-elect. The board secretary is Capt. Gavin Seiler of Wichita Police Department. Alan Howarter, of Vess Oil Corporation, is the organization’s treasurer. Esther Headley, of The Research Partnership, is the board’s immediate past chair.

New board members elected to their first three-year terms as directors include Deb Haifleigh, retired, Koch Industries; Shaun Isham, Isham Builders, Inc.; Ty Patton, McCurdy Auction, LLC; and Alysha Phillips, Grant Thornton LLP. Directors elected to their second term include Gary Austerman, Klenda, Austerman LLC and Barry Schwan, House of Schwan.

The officers and directors were elected at the Wichita Festivals, Inc. annual meeting on Sept. 27. Retiring from the Wichita Festivals board were Prisca Barnes, Storytime Village; and Brock Beren, Beren Companies.

Other members of the board include Craig Burns of Security 1st Title Company; Rigby Carey of Carey, Thomas, Hoover and Breault; Chris Goebel of Star Lumber & Supply Co., Inc.; Teketa Harding of Capitol Federal Savings Bank; Jennifer Magaña of the City of Wichita; Ron Ryan; Denise Sherman of Southwestern College Professional Studies; Van Williams of the City of Wichita; and Carol E. Wilson, accountant.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community.  The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. Riverfest (June 2-10, 2017) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (Sept. 15-17, 2017).

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

September 18, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. and Laham Development officials announced brisk crowds at the seventh-annual Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, presented by Fidelity Bank, Friday through 5 p.m. today on Bradley Fair Parkway. Cash awards totally $7,500 were presented this morning to eight of the artists participating in the region’s largest fine-art show and sale.

According to festival officials, the outdoor art festival saw an increase of attendees to over 29,000, a 16% increase over 2015, when 25,000 were in attendance.

More than 800 patrons and sponsor companies supported the event, with a crowd in excess of 700 at the opening night Patron Party. Patrons returned throughout the weekend and enjoyed reserved parking, complimentary beverages and other benefits. New programming, including a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, lawn games and a Free Little Library project presented by StoryTime Village joined paddle-boat rides on Bradley Fair Lake and art-themed fun for families to drive the increase in attendance, along with sunny, mild weather on Saturday and Sunday.

“We are so grateful for the support of our sponsors and Patrons for this gift to the community,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president/CEO of WFI. “Thanks to them, admission is free of charge and open to everyone. Response from the public has been enthusiast. Larger crowds of art fans of all ages came out this year, and have been soaking up the sunshine and exploring this amazing variety of artwork, cementing the show as one of the community’s leading arts events.”

Next year’s Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair has been scheduled for Sept. 15-17, 2017.

The 2016 event featured 98 artists who were invited to participate after the show’s jury – comprised of John D’Angelo, Rollin Karg, Sherry Leedy, Patricia McDonnell, and Bob Workman– evaluated their work. The cash prizes were awarded at a breakfast Sunday hosted by the Hilton Garden Inn. Judges included Polly Gentry, Lori Martin-Price, and Conrad Snider.

Bill and Lisa Bailey, jewelers from Dripping Springs, Texas, won Best of Show. Fiber artist Mary Sly of Friday Harbor, Wash., was presented with the Patron Award.

Here are the winners for overall achievement in two-dimensional art, which include two-dimensional mixed media, drawing, graphics/printmaking, painting and photography:
* 1st Place: Steven Graber (Painting) of Baldwin City, Kan.
* 2nd Place: John Scanlan (Photography) of Glenwood, Iowa.
* 3rd Place: Barbara Mason (Drawing) of Frisco, Texas.

These artists were recognized among artists with three-dimensional works, including three-dimensional mixed media, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture and wood:
* 1st Place: Kim Kenney (Wood) of Cassville, Mo.
* 2nd Place: Sheldon Ganstrom (Ceramics) of Hays, Kan.
* 3rd Place:  Samuel Yao (Fiber) of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair is produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. in partnership with Laham Development and Bradley Fair. Fidelity Bank is the presenting sponsor for the event. Other Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair sponsors include Wichita Luxury Auto Group, Grant Thornton LLP, Martin Pringle, The Flint Hills Group at Morgan Stanley, IMA, Jacob Liquor Exchange, Legend Senior Living, Trust Company of Kansas, J.P. Weigand, and The Bar’s Open.

Also partnering with Wichita Festivals, Inc. to produce the event are Laham Development, Mark Arts, Newport Grill, RedRock Canyon Grill, YaYa’s EuroBistro, Pier 1 Imports, Chilton Billiards & Spas, Living Sound, Tree Top Nursery, PrairieFire Coffee Roasters, RedGuard SiteBox, PrairieLand Partners, The Frame Shop, StoryTime Village, Bluestem Rentals, Cigar Chateau, The Good Egg, House of Schwan, Docuplex, Hilton Garden Inn, the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation, Luminous Neon, Jason’s Deli, On the Border, Outback Steakhouse, Lamphouse Photo Co., and Mid-America Orthopedics. Media partners for the event are Ashby Street Outdoor, iHeart Radio/B98-FM, Intake Studios, KAKEland, Radio Kansas, SPLURGE!, Visit Wichita, and the Wichita Eagle.

For more information about Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair or Wichita Festivals, Inc. contact Teri Mott, Director of Marketing and Communication, at (614) 506-9307 or teri@wichitafestivals.com. Follow @Autumn_and_Art on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

September 15, 2016

AUTUMN & ART AT BRADLEY FAIR BRINGS 99 ARTISTS TOGETHER TO SHOW, SELL
Weekend of fun kicks off with Friday’s Patron Party, continues with programs through the weekend

WICHITA, Kan. – The seventh annual Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair opens Friday with new programs and fun for art enthusiasts of all ages. The outdoor fine-art show and sale, which is free and open to the public, features 99 artists from 23 states, including 30 Kansas artists, and also includes food, drinks, entertainment and art-infused activities.

The event, which drew 25,000 attendees in 2015, is presented by Fidelity Bank and produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. Attendees can see and purchase original fine-art works in 14 media, including paintings, jewelry, sculptures, drawings and photographs, as well as glass, wood, ceramic, and fiber pieces.

“Once a year, a national-caliber fine-art show pops up along the beautiful Bradley Fair Parkway, and thanks to our generous sponsors and Patrons, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the experience,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President/CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “Whether you’re browsing or buying, you can take in the beautiful artwork and enjoy music, food and drink, plus activities for all ages.”

The popular opening night Patron Party is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. outside in the heart of the festival, and features specialty wine and spirits; gourmet food from Newport Grill, Redrock Canyon Grill, and YaYa’s EuroBistro; a specialty coffee bar from PrairieFire Coffee Roasters; entertainment by Keefer Madness and Phlox; Patron gifts; and a silent auction and wine pull that will raise funds for the event.

Patrons also enjoy reserved parking and complimentary beverages throughout the weekend, and other benefits. Patron Tickets are $100 and are available until noon Friday by calling Wichita Festivals at (316) 267-2817; online at AutumnandArt.com; or at the Bradley Fair Guest Services, located next to Williams-Sonoma. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

New activities for Autumn & Art 2016 include The Art of Bloody Marys, a build-your-own bar; Color Your World adult coloring workshop sponsored by Legend Senior Living; a community art project presented by StoryTime Village to further the Little Free Library Movement; lawn games by Bluestem Rentals, and the Chill & Charge Lounge, which offers a chance to play billiards and relax while you charge your phone, courtesy of Chilton Billiards & Spas and Living Sound.

In addition to the opportunity to browse and buy artwork, attendees can purchase a bite to eat from the Culinary Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday, where Bradley Fair restaurants Jason’s Deli, Outback Steakhouse and On the Border will offer a selection of menu items. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available at cash bars along the parkway.

Fun for kids and families scheduled on Saturday and Sunday includes Artie’s Art Studio, which offers hands-on art projects directed by arts educators from Mark Arts, and Artie’s Masterpiece Games along the parkway. Artie’s Clubhouse, a kids-only gallery for young collectors-in-training will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Paddle boat rides on Bradley Fair Lake, sponsored by IMA, will be available on Saturday and Sunday.

“The arts are enriching to people of all ages,” said Clay Bastian of Fidelity Bank. “The array of events and creativity on display at Autumn & Art will inspire the artistic spirit of all Wichitans. It is truly a community celebration.”

Autumn & Art hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18. The festival takes place on Bradley Fair Parkway, just east of Bradley Fair at Rock Road and 21st Street North.

In addition to presenting sponsor, Fidelity Bank, other Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair sponsors include Wichita Luxury Auto Group, Grant Thornton LLP, Martin Pringle, The Flint Hills Group at Morgan Stanley, IMA, Jacob Liquor Exchange, Legend Senior Living, Trust Company of Kansas, J.P. Weigand, and The Bar’s Open.

Also partnering with Wichita Festivals, Inc. to produce the event are Laham Development, Mark Arts, Newport Grill, RedRock Canyon Grill, YaYa’s EuroBistro, Pier 1 Imports, Chilton Billiards & Spas, Living Sound, Tree Top Nursery, PrairieFire Coffee Roasters, RedGuard SiteBox, PrairieLand Partners, The Frame Shop, StoryTime Village, Bluestem Rentals, Cigar Chateau, The Good Egg, House of Schwan, Docuplex, Hilton Garden Inn, the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation, Luminous Neon, Jason’s Deli, On the Border, Outback Steakhouse, Lamphouse Photo Co., and Mid-America Orthopedics. Media partners for the event are Ashby Street Outdoor, iHeart Radio/B98-FM, Intake Studios, KAKEland, Radio Kansas, SPLURGE!, Visit Wichita, and the Wichita Eagle.

For more information about Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair or Wichita Festivals, Inc. contact Teri Mott, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (614) 506-9307 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

Follow @Autumn_and_Art on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

August 31, 2016

FEATURED ARTIST, PROGRAMMING ADDITIONS REVEALED FOR AUTUMN & ART AT BRADLEY FAIR 2016

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. officials today announced new activities for the 7th-Annual Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, an alfresco fine-art fair presented by Fidelity Bank, and revealed the festival’s Featured Artist.

Autumn & Art, which last year drew 25,000 attendees, takes place Sept. 16-18 on Bradley Fair Parkway. This year’s event will feature 99 artists from 23 states, including 30 Kansas artists.

“The arts merit our community’s attention, support and celebration,” said Clay Bastian, president of Fidelity Financial Corporation. “We invite our entire community to join us at Autumn & Art to experience the inspired creative spirit that makes Wichita a special place.”

Barbara Mason of Frisco, Texas, is the Grant Thornton LLP Featured Artist for Autumn & Art 2016. Mason is an international award-winning watercolor artist and a barbara-mason-in-boothSignature pastel artist recognized by the Pastel Society of America.

“Art makes all of our lives more beautiful, and we are thrilled to help bring that beauty to families in the Wichita community by sponsoring the Featured Artist at Autumn & Art,” said Dan Powers, office managing partner of Grant Thornton, sponsor of the Featured Artist Program. “We are delighted to inspire and engage the community through the celebration of extraordinary art and artists.”

New activities for Autumn & Art 2016 include the StoryTime Village Community Art Project with a focus on Little Free Libraries; coloring for grown-ups with Legend Senior Living; The Art of Bloody Marys, a build-your-own bar on Saturday and Sunday mornings; the Chill & Charge Lounge with a charging station by Living Sound and billiards courtesy of Chilton’s Billiards & Spas; and over-sized lawn games, including giant Jenga and chess.

Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair admission is free for the public, thanks to festival sponsors and the Patrons who support the event by purchasing a $100 Patron Ticket. Patrons enjoy a lavish opening night party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, with gourmet food, specialty wine, beer and spirits; a silent auction and wine pull; Patron gifts; and live entertainment by Keefer Madness and Phlox. Patrons also get reserved parking and complimentary beverages throughout the weekend, as well as a complimentary paddle-boat ride for two, courtesy of IMA.

Friday night’s Patron Party silent auction features airline tickets, hotel stays, tickets to sporting events and concerts, passes to some of the area’s most popular galas, and more. Autumn & Art Patron Tickets are available by calling Wichita Festivals at (316) 267-2817; online at AutumnandArt.com; or at the Bradley Fair Guest Services office, located next to Williams-Sonoma.

Art-themed family fun will be offered Saturday and Sunday. A variety of free, hands-on art activities will be available at Artie’s Art Studio, coordinated by Mark Arts and sponsored by the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation. Artie’s Masterpiece Games give youngsters a chance to have fun while learning about classic paintings. In addition, Artie’s Clubhouse, a kids’-only gallery, will offer artwork for a kid’s budget from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Entertainment — from live music, dance and theater to art demonstrations — will be presented throughout the weekend. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available to enjoy on the parkway. Cuisine from Jason’s Deli, Outback Steakhouse and On the Border will be offered at the Culinary Pavilion.

Autumn & Art will be open 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 on Bradley Fair Parkway, just east of Bradley Fair, which is located at Rock Road and 21st Street North.

Fidelity Bank returns as presenting sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include Wichita Luxury Auto Group, Grant Thornton LLP, Martin Pringle, The Flint Hills Group at Morgan Stanley, IMA, Jacob Liquor Exchange, Legend Senior Living, Trust Company of Kansas, J.P. Weigand, and The Bar’s Open.

“At this beautiful time of year, in the great setting of Bradley Fair, we welcome the whole community to come out and enjoy world-class art and great art-fair activities,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President/CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “And all who want to help us keep the event free for the community can buy a Patron ticket and get the full Autumn & Art VIP experience.”

At Autumn & Art, original works will be available in 14 artistic media, including jewelry, painting, glass, fiber, ceramics, photography and more. Exhibiting artists compete for cash awards totaling $7,500.

Featured artist Mason is the owner of Dragonfly Creations Gallery & Studio and N Due Season Greeting Card Company and exhibits her artwork nationally and internationally. A graduate of the North Texas Business Council for Art-2016 Leadership Art Institute class, Barbara serves on various art boards to fulfill the NTBCA mission of uniting commerce and culture.

Artists are invited to sell their work at the show after evaluation by a panel of expert jurors: John D’Angelo, director of the division of Arts & Culture for the City of Wichita; Rollin Karg, artist and owner of Karg Art Glass; Sherry Leedy, owner of Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City; Patricia McDonnell, executive director of Wichita Art Museum, and Bob Workman, director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University.

Also partnering with Wichita Festivals, Inc. to produce the event are Mark Arts, Newport Grill, RedRock Canyon Grill, YaYa’s EuroBistro, Pier 1 Imports, Chilton Billiards & Spas, Living Sound, Tree Top Nursery, PrairieFire Coffee Roasters, RedGuard SiteBox, PrairieLand Partners, The Frame Shop, StoryTime Village, Bluestem Rentals, Cigar Chateau, The Good Egg, House of Schwan, Docuplex, Hilton Garden Inn, the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation, Luminous Neon, Jason’s Deli, On the Border, Outback Steakhouse, Lamphouse Photo Co., and Mid-America Orthopedics. Media partners for the event are Ashby Street Outdoor, iHeart Radio/B98-FM, Intake Studios, KAKEland, Radio Kansas, SPLURGE!, Visit Wichita, and the Wichita Eagle.

Wichita Festivals welcomes volunteers who would like to help with Autumn & Art. For information about volunteering, contact Volunteer Coordinator Jill Massey at 267-2817 or jill@wichitafestivals.com. For more information about Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair or Wichita Festivals, Inc. contact Teri Mott, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

Follow @Autumn_and_Art on Twitter and Facebook!

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

July 26, 2016

ATTENDANCE, SALES, SUPPORT AND SAFETY MAKE RIVERFEST 2016 A SUCCESS

July 26, 2016 – WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. today confirmed that an increase in overall attendance, button sales and food and beverage sales – combined with an exceptionally strong safety record, increased community support and a leap in volunteer numbers – have ranked Riverfest 2016 as one of the most successful for the organization in recent years.

Crowds totaling 455,000 attended the 45th Riverfest June 3-11, up from 410,000 in 2015. More than 101,000 admission buttons were sold, up from 97,000 for last year’s festival. During the early-bird sales period ending May 6, more than 25,000 adult and child buttons were sold, with adult buttons at the discount price of $7. Food and beverage sales were also up, with an increase of seventeen percent over 2015.

As reported in June, According to the Wichita Police Department, there were only five arrests on or near the festival grounds, a new record for the festival and a result of securely gating the event. This safe and inviting environment, along with cooperative weather and new events designed to draw a wider variety of attendees, contributed to the attendance and sales increases.

Community support for the festival continued to rise as well. Nearly 250 partners contributed $850,000 in cash sponsorships plus a similar amount of in-kind support. Cash sponsorships are up thirteen percent since 2015 and a total of 48 percent since 2012.

Thirty-two donors supported the Riverfest Corporate Host program – a way for small and medium-sized companies to support large-scale festival activities – with a total of $41,000 in donations that covered the cost of the opening-night Twilight Pops concert. Celebrations for a Cause, an initiative to ensure that those in need are able to attend Riverfest, provided 2,405 buttons to 29 area non-profit charitable organizations that distributed them to those they serve, thanks to leading donors Greene Vision Group, King Arthur Flour, Rotary Club of East Wichita, Ron Ryan and Safelite AutoGlass.

Volunteer involvement continued to grow, with more than 7,000 people donating more than 35,000 hours of time before, during and after the festival, including 702 new volunteers and volunteer groups from 140 companies and organizations.

“Coming from the volunteer ranks myself, the participation by the thousands of volunteers at this year’s festival was inspiring,” said Admiral Windwagon Smith XLIII, Steve Dillard. “It was an honor to represent so many dedicated and caring volunteers who continue to make this festival possible and like no other.”

The growth of arts and culture-focused programs at Riverfest continued this year with the installation of “Sun Sails,” by artist Rachel B. Hayes. This colorful fabric-art piece will re-appear alongside the river, south of the Hyatt Regency, for future Riverfests and other city events. The 2016 Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade expanded to 116 entries that were packed with “Party in ICT” and Wichita flag-inspired creativity and enjoyed by a crowd of more than 40,000 on opening night.

Headliner concerts continued to be a major draw, with 25,000 fans gathering for Elle King, presented by Koch Industries; 20,000 in attendance at the Violent Femmes concert; and 19,000 at the Coleman Country Concert with co-headliners Brothers Osborne and A Thousand Horses. Two Hispanic-themed concerts on Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, June 11 drew crowds of 10,000 and 17,000, respectively.

The largest concert crowd of the festival – 35,000 fans – gathered on closing night for the Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River with The Roots, and 60,000 enjoyed that night’s Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale.

The highest-attended festival days were Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 (both 75,000) and Saturday, June 11 (70,000). New events in 2016 included Blacktop Nationals Presented by Midwest Ford Dealers, previously a stand-alone event that was incorporated into Riverfest 2016, and Riverfest Hackathon with support from the Knight Foundation. STEAM City was a focal point for Riverfest’s day-long Salute to Aviation and Manufacturing on Sunday, June 5.

“Our community continues to showcase a fantastic spirit of hospitality and unity when it comes to supporting Riverfest,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President and CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “Thousands of dedicated volunteers and hundreds of sponsors and partners roll out the red carpet, and diverse attendees came out, were on their best behavior, and enjoyed the concerts, river activities and other events together with their friends, neighbors and families.

“With everyone’s help, in just nine days each summer, we energize downtown, bring people together, and help add $25 to $30 million to our local economy,” said Jarvis. “The great participation we saw this year will allow us to make our community’s signature event even better in 2017.”

Riverfest 2017 is scheduled for June 2-10.

Riverfest 2016 Official Sponsors include Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bud Light, Decker Electric, Metro Courier, Parr Sound & Lighting, Prairieland Partners, RedGuard Site Box Storage, Spot’s Party Bus, Van Horn Promotion and Marketing, and Visit Wichita.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 2-10, 2017) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016).

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

June 15, 2016

RIVERFEST SEES CONTINUED RISE IN ATTENDENCE, SPONSORSHIPS, SALES

Early numbers and safety, security record very positive; button sales and complete financial results still being calculated

Wichita Festivals, Inc. reported today Riverfest 2016 had total attendance of 455,000 and the festival had continued improvement in its safety and security record, sponsorship support and volunteerism.

“While some figures are not clear yet, our attendance and food sales were great, we got amazing support from growing numbers of volunteers and sponsorship contributions are up,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that produces Riverfest.

“In addition, thanks to great work by our police and private-security partners, we achieved an excellent safety and security record. We had exciting new events and partnerships – such as the Blacktop Nationals car show and a Habitat for Humanity blitz build right on site! Overall, we were excited to have so many festivalgoers engage in our events and enjoy the entertainment, all while behaving respectfully and staying safe in the sun and heat,” Jarvis said.

Here are Riverfest 2016 results in to date:

  • 455,000 total attendees is an 11 percent increase from 2015, which was up 8 percent over 2014.
    • The largest-drawing events within the festival included a crowd of 60,000 for the Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale, 40,000-plus people for the Safelite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade (which also saw an increase in entries to 116) and some very large concerts, including the Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River with The Roots (35,000), Koch Industries Presents Elle King (25,000) and Violent Femmes (20,000).
    • The highest-attended festival days were June 3 and 4, with 75,000 people each day, and June 11, which had 70,000 attendees.
  • Nearly 250 partners contributed $850,000 in cash sponsorships plus a similar amount of in-kind support. Cash sponsorships are up 13 percent since 2015 and a total of 48 percent since 2012. Non-cash donations ranged from trucks, heavy equipment and air-conditioned RedGuard Site Boxes to media advertising space and broadcast time to publicize the festival.
  • Food and beverage sales are estimated to be up 17 percent from good results in 2015.
  • More than 7,200 volunteers assisted with the festival (up from 6,000 in 2015), including 702 new volunteers and volunteer groups from 140 companies and organizations. Festival officials expect work-hours for these volunteers to total more than 35,000 hours.
  • In its inaugural year, STEAM City welcomed 4,500 attendees who explored a variety of companies and careers based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
  • According to the Wichita Police Department, there were only five arrests on or near the festival grounds, continuing the stellar security record achieved in recent years by gating the event. As recently as 2012, there were more than 100 law-enforcement issues associated with the event.
  • Participatory event involvement was up overall, with Cardboard Regatta and Human Foosball gaining popularity and Kickball, the Pedal Parade and the Beard and Mustache Contest debuting with a large number of participants.
  • More than 22,000 buttons were sold during the early-bird sales period, when adult buttons were available at $7. In addition, more than 23,000 buttons were sold at the festival gates, up about 10 percent from 2015. Total retail sales figures for the $10 adult buttons, as well as total sales for the $3 children’s buttons, will be available by mid-July.
  • There were 30 new events at Riverfest 2016, including the Blacktop Nationals car show, which was incorporated into the festival this year.

The 45th Riverfest took place June 3-11 and offered a wide range of entertainment for all ages. 2016 official Riverfest sponsors include Bud Light, Spot’s Party Bus, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Decker Electric, RedGuard Site Box Storage, Prairieland Partners, Parr Sound & Lighting, Metro Courier, Van Horn Promotion and Marketing, and Visit Wichita.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 2-10, 2017) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

June 9, 2016

FINAL RIVERFEST DAYS PACKED WITH RIVER EVENTS, MUSIC, FAMILY FUN
Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River, Fiesta del Rio and Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale to close week of fun

Riverfest, Kansas’ largest community event, wraps up Saturday with a huge fireworks display, major concerts, a car show, great river events, family activities, contests and competitions, all free with a $10 admission button for adults or $3 button for kids ages 6 to 12.

“So far, we’ve had a fantastic Riverfest. Crowds have been steady and well-behaved, and the events have engaged people young and old, including Wichita neighbors and visitors from surrounding areas and states,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President and CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “We hit 250,000 attendees in the first five days, with big events – from Blacktop Nationals to the Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale – still ahead of us. We also expect lots of folks to enjoy concerts like Elle King, who is being presented by Koch Industries Friday night, and the Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ On the River Concert with The Roots. All we ask is that people come prepared to not only have fun but be safe. The sun is great, but everyone needs to be smart: stay hydrated, bring sunscreen, and take care of each other in the heat and the crowds.”

EVENTS FOR FRIDAY, June 10:

  • Ford Ride-and-Drive Experience and Hot Laps, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., South Main St., between William and English
  • Ford Dyno Drag and Indoor Display, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Century II Expo Hall
  • Admiral’s Collection, exclusive car display, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Century II Expo Hall.
  • Display Your Ride, judged and non-judged car and motorcycle show, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Century II Expo Hall
  • Blacktop Nationals Autocross, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot north of Mid-America All Indian Center
  • ReStore Upcycle Challenge: Cast Your Vote, noon to 2 p.m., Habitat for Humanity Build
  • Human Bowling: 5-9 p.m., Ackerman’s Backyard, sponsored by The Alley
  • Koch Industries Presents Elle King w/Fishbone 5-10 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza Stage
  • William Clark Green w/ Rob Baird, 5:30-10:30 p.m. at RedGuard Stage
  • Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour, 7-8:30 p.m. at Cox Kids Corner, presented by Flatwater Fitness

 EVENTS FOR SATURDAY, June 11:

  • Ford Ride-and-Drive Experience and Hot Laps, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., South Main St., between William and English
  • Ford Dyno Drag and Indoor Display, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Century II Expo Hall
  • Admiral’s Collection, exclusive car display, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Century II Expo Hall
  • Display Your Ride, judged and non-judged car and motorcycle show, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Century II Expo Hall
  • Blacktop Nationals Autocross, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot north of Mid-America All Indian Center
  • Blacktop Nationals Display Your Ride Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m. in Century II Expo Hall
  • Riverfest Softball Tournament Co-ed Slow Pitch, 9 a.m., Westside Athletic Field – 571 N. McLean Blvd, presented by City of Wichita
  • Hope in the Valley Horse Rides, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Cox Kids Corner
  • Riverfest Kickball Tournament at 11 a.m., Westside Athletic Field – 571 N. McLean Blvd, presented by City of Wichita
  • Stand-Up Paddleboard Race on the River, 11a.m. at Cox Kids Corner, presented by Flatwater Fitness
  • I Bike ICT Tours: Hometown Heroes, 11 a.m. to noon, Bike Valet at Ackerman’s Backyard, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing
  • Human Foosball: Open Play, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ackerman’s Backyard, sponsored by Chilton Billiards and Spas
  • Arkansas River Coalition River Rides: Canoes & Kayaks, noon to 5 p.m. at Cox Kids Corner
  • Riverfest Beard & Mustache Contest, 12-2 p.m., Star Lumber Stage at Century II Food Court, sponsored by Admiral’s Pennant and presented by Wichita Beard & Mustache Club
  • Riverfest Pedal Parade, noon to 1 p.m., RedGuard Stage, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company
  • Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River concert featuring The Roots, opening acts start at 3 p.m., Kennedy Plaza Stage
  • Demo Skate Shop Exhibition, 3-5 p.m., Douglas Ave.
  • 7th Annual Funnel Cake Eating Contest, 3-3:30 p.m. at the Star Lumber Stage, Century II Food Court, sponsored by KQAM/KGSO
  • Speedy Cash Golden Ticket, 3-8 p.m. at Expo Hall, Century II
  • Fiesta Del Rio, 4-10 p.m. at RedGuard Stage, sponsored by Rusty Eck Ford
  • Riverfest Recyclable Raft Race, 5-6 p.m. at Douglas Street Bridge, sponsored by Convergys
  • Wichita Habitat For Humanity Riverfest Build: Home Dedication Ceremony, 5-6p.m, RedGuard Stage Area
  • Kansas Lottery Second Chance Drawings, 5:45 p.m. -Star Lumber Stage , 6 p.m. Kennedy Plaza Stage
  • Paddle Battle Kayak Races, 6-8 p.m., Douglas Street Bridge
  • New Belgium Bike Giveaway at 7:15, Kennedy Plaza Stage
  • Starlight Flotilla – 10:15 p.m. on the Arkansas River , presented by Clean Streams
  • Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale – 10:30 p.m. on the Arkansas River

SELECTED DAILY EVENTS:

  • Cox Kids Corner with kid-friendly rides, games, projects and activities
  • Ackerman’s Backyard performances, weekday happy hour specials, and activities, all with an unbeatable view of river events
  • Full STEAM Ahead tent with fun Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math projects for kids – organized by Make ICT and USD 259, located in the Cox Kids Corner
  • Zipline ride, sponsored by Westar Energy, across the Arkansas River. Enter in Ackerman’s Backyard on the east side of river
  • Paddle Boats and Kayaks, on the Arkansas River beginning from the Hyatt Lawn
  • Kansas Lottery – Get your Tickets and Win! at the Festival Food Court
  • Wagonmasters River Tour, on the Arkansas River north of the Douglas Street Bridge
  • Helicopter Rides from the West Bank of the Arkansas River, north of the Douglas St. bridge
  • Bike valet services, brought to you by Bike Walk Wichita and Kansas Turnpike Authority, located in Ackerman’s Backyard. Ride to the fest and park your bike for free.

 The 45th Riverfest takes place through June 11th and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Riverfest admission buttons are available – $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 – at Dillons and QuikTrip stores, the INTRUST Bank Arena box office and other local retailers. 2016 official Riverfest sponsors include Bud Light, Spot’s Party Bus, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Decker Electric, RedGuard Site Box Storage, Prairieland Partners, Parr Sound & Lighting, Metro Courier, Van Horn Promotion and Marketing, and Visit Wichita.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3rd – June 11th, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16th – 18th, 2016). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

June 5, 2016

SUNNY, BUSY FIRST WEEKEND SETS UP WEEKDAY FUN AT RIVERFEST 2016

Riverfest welcomed nearly 200,000 attendees in its first three days, as sunshine and dozens of events helped festivalgoers enjoy Kansas’ largest community celebration.Riverfest continues this week with more engaging events and concerts for all tastes, free with a $10 admission button for adults or $3 button for kids ages 6 to 12.

“Great weather and well-behaved crowds made Riverfest’s first three days spectacular,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president/CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “They cheered at our ‘Party in ICT’-themed parade, dove into STEAM City and Cox Kids Corner activities, heard great concerts, and enjoyed our river. Participatory events were huge, such as the Kansas Health Foundation River Run, dodgeball and the Cardboard Regatta. And more than 1,000 people took a Wagonmasters’ River Tour – a weekend record!”

“We look forward to more beautiful days, classic and new festival events, and performances that appeal to people of all ages and interests,” said Jarvis. “And remember, come to Riverfest prepared to have fun but also be safe – bring your sunscreen, drink lots of liquids and keep an eye on your friends and family members. We want a great event, and that starts with being safe!”

Riverfest’s events and attractions are outlined on wichitariverfest.com. Festival attendees can also access a full daily event schedule on their mobile devices.

EVENTS FOR MONDAY, June 6:

  • DJ Takeover Karaoke, 5 – 9:30 p.m. , Ackerman’s Backyard
  • Gospelfest featuring Zacardi Cortez and Kierra Sheard begins at 5:30 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza Stage, sponsored by Spirit Aerosystems, Cox Business and Westar Energy.
  • Brave Combo, 5:30 – 9 p.m., RedGuard Stage

EVENTS FOR TUESDAY, June 7: Military Salute Day
We invite all military members to join us for free admission to the festival on Tuesday. Simply present your military ID at any gate.

  • Wichita Children’s Theatre Presents The Three Little Pigs, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., Century II – Mary Jane Teal Theater, sponsored by American Family Care Urgent Care
  • Festival of Broadway, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza Stage
  • Wichitalks, 5 p.m. at the Wichita Boathouse
  • Pickelball  6 – 8 p.m., behind the Wichita Library
  • School of Rock, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at RedGuard Stage
  • Military Salute at 7:45 p.m., RedGuard Stage
  • Rudy Love and the Love Family at 8:30 p.m., RedGuard Stage

EVENTS FOR WEDNESDAY, June 8:

  • Ford Ride and Drive Experience, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Main St. between William and English
  • CNH Industrial Buckaroo Buckarette Rodeo, 5 – 9 p.m. at Cox Kids Corner
  • Horse Rides by Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue, 5 – 8 p.m. at Cox Kids Corner, sponsored by CNH Industrial
  • Wet n’ Wild Dance Party featuring Naughty by Nature, 5 – 10 p.m., Kennedy Plaza Stage
  • Moreland & Arbuckle w/ Wild Adriatic, 5 – 10 p.m. at RedGuard Stage
  • Riverfest Paddleboat Races, 6 – 7 p.m. at Cox Kids Corner
  • Portrait with the Admiral, 6 – 7 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza
  • Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Social, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Douglas and Water streets

EVENTS FOR THURSDAY, June 9: Throwback Thursday!
Wear any official Riverfest button from the past for free admission. We will randomly award prizes to attendees wearing their best Riverfest flair!

  • Ford Ride and Drive Experience, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Main St. between William and English
  • Goodwill Cajun Food Fest, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Kennedy Plaza Stage, sponsored by Westar Energy
  • Blacktop Nationals indoor activities – Ford Dyno Drag, Ford vehicle display, The Admiral’s Collection car displays, and automotive vendors, 6-9 p.m., Century II Expo Hall
  • Pickelball 6 – 8 p.m., behind the Wichita Library
  • Human Bowling, 5 – 9 p.m., Ackerman’s Backyard, sponsored by The Alley
  • Pink Firetruck Pull, 5 – 7 p.m., Douglas Ave.
  • KAKEland Touch-A-Truck, 5 – 8:30 p.m. at Waterman St.
  • Sedgwick County Salute to Public Safety Heroes, 8:30 p.m. at Waterman St.
  • Reel Big Fish w/ The Suffers, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza Stage
  • Wichita Magazine Throwback Theater featuring “E.T.” – 9 p.m. at RedGuard Stage

SELECTED DAILY EVENTS:

  • Riverfest Farmers Market 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Kennedy Plaza
  • Cox Kids Corner with kid-friendly rides, games, projects and activities
  • Ackerman’s Backyard: weekday happy hour specials and great activities, all with an unbeatable view of river events
  • Ackerman’s Backyard DJ Takeover: Every night starting at 5 p.m. enjoy various music genres and dance parties
  • Wichita Habitat for Humanity Riverfest Build featuring ReStore Upcycle Challenges, hands on activities and a close-up look at building a new home for a Wichita family.
  • Full STEAM Ahead tent with fun Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math projects for kids, organized by Make ICT, located in the Cox Kids Corner
  • Zipline ride, sponsored by Channel 963, across the Arkansas River. Enter in Ackerman’s Backyard on the east side of river
  • Kansas Lottery – Get your Tickets and Win! at the Festival Food Court
  • Wagonmasters River Tours, free with a festival button, starting under the Douglas Street Bridge
  • Helicopter Rides from the West Bank of the Arkansas River, north of the Douglas St. bridge
  • Bike Walk Wichita valet services, brought to you by the Kansas Turnpike Authority, located in Ackerman’s Backyard. Ride to the fest and park your bike for free.

The 45th Riverfest takes place Friday, June 3rd through June 11th and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Riverfest admission buttons are available – $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 – at Dillons, QuikTrip and AAA locations.

2016 official Riverfest sponsors include Bud Light, Spot’s Party Bus, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Decker Electric, RedGuard Site Box Storage, PrairieLand Partners, Parr Sound & Lighting, Metro Courier, Visit Wichita and Van Horn Promotion and Marketing.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3rd – June 11th, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16th – 18th, 2016). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

June 4, 2016

RIVERFEST CELEBRATES 20th GOSPELFEST
Local Performers Join Headliners Zacardi Cortez, Kierra Sheard for Inspiring Evening

WICHITA, Kan., Riverfest, Kansas’ largest community event, hosts its highly anticipated Gospelfest event Monday evening, featuring Houston-based gospel musician and Christian R&B artist Zacardi Cortez and Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning gospel singer and radio host Kierra Sheard.

Gospelfest, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Riverfest’s Kennedy Plaza stage, brings together local musicians, choirs, performing groups and national talent for an inspiring evening of celebration.

Sheard, from Detroit, Mich., saw her latest full-length album, “Graceland,” hit #1 on the Top Gospel charts. In 2013 Sheard was nominated for the Stellar Awards Artist of the Year. In 2009 she performed on the Grammy-winning track “God In Me” with the group Mary Mary. The artist is featured on Tasha Cobb’s “Put a Praise On It,” currently number two on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. With family roots in the gospel scene, Sheard began her career at seventeen with her album, “I Owe You.” Her talent has since diverged into other venues such as clothing design, youth activism, reality television and the part of Litha in the 2010 Christian film, “Preacher’s Kid.”

With a full-bodied voice and a funky ‘80s throwback attitude, gospel singer Zacardi Cortez was a member of James Fortune’s FIYA project before launching his solo career in 2012 with “The Introduction.” Having grown up touring the gospel circuit with the Cortez Family, Zacardi was mentored on the road by John P. Kee. After an appearance on Kee’s 2005 release, “Live at the Fellowship,” Cortez joined FIYA, singing lead on their 2007 album, “The Transformation,” and its Top 20 single, “The Blood.” With Cortez up-front, FIYA would top the gospel charts in 2010 with the single “I Believe.”

“We’re so pleased to host the 20th Gospelfest,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “So many organizations and people have made this event inspiring and amazing over the years, and it’s appropriate to celebrate and salute that this year. We are proud to showcase exceptional talent – not only Mr. Cortez and Ms. Sheard, but also every local musician and performer gracing our stage. We hope the whole community comes out for this special night.”

The Gospelfest Community Choir – organized by Cameo Profit, music director for St. Mark Cathedral Church of God In Christ – will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m.

“Gospelfest is a longstanding tradition at Riverfest with so many great contributors who’ve helped to make this event what it is today,” said Prisca Barnes, a member of the WFI board of directors and the Gospelfest 2016 planning committee. “We’re truly excited to welcome award-winning artists Kierra Sheard and Zacardi Cortez to the main stage this year. Wichita should pull out their dancing shoes. We’re in for a great praise party!”

Presenting sponsors for the event include Spirit AeroSystems, Westar Energy and Cox Business. Other event sponsors include the Greater Wichita Ministerial League, HealthCore Clinic, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, and other area churches and service organizations.

Promotional partners KMUW, Q92 The Beat, Great Plains TV and The Community Voice have also helped make both Gospel enthusiasts and all community members aware of the event. Follow the Riverfest Gospelfest page on Facebook.

The 2016 Gospelfest planning committee included Profit; Pastor Ronda Kingwood of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church; Kaye Monk-Morgan; Barnes; Dr. Rachel Norwood; and Wichita Festivals staff members.

Additional support for the 2016 event came from Kingdom Harvest, Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, Real Men Real Heroes, Tabernacle Bible – the Church without Walls, Ebony S. Clemons Piano Studio, Greater Wichita Pan-Hellenic Council, Beta Kappa Omega chapter of AKA Sorority, Gamma Chi Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Ro Sorority, Wichita Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Darren and LaWanda Fields and Drs. Evies & Sharon Cranford.

The 45th Riverfest takes place Friday, June 3rd through June 11th and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Riverfest admission buttons are available – $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 – at Dillons and QuikTrip stores, the INTRUST Bank Arena box office and other local retailers. 2016 official Riverfest sponsors include Bud Light, Spot’s Party Bus, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Decker Electric, RedGuard Site Box Storage, PrairieLand Partners, Parr Sound & Lighting, Metro Courier, Van Horn Promotion and Marketing and Visit Wichita.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3rd – June 11th, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16th – 18th, 2016). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

June 2, 2016

THE 45TH WICHITA RIVERFEST IS A PARTY IN ICT!

WICHITA, Kan., Riverfest, Kansas’ largest community event, kicks off Friday with nine days of exhilarating concerts and activities designed to unite the community and celebrate Wichita’s rich history and talent. All this fun is available with a $10 admission button for adults. Children under five are admitted free to the festival; buttons for kids ages 6 to 12 are $3.

“With more than 100 diverse activities, events and performances, Riverfest truly has something for everyone,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “Hang out with your friends and neighbors along the river or at the two large concert stages, bring the kids or grandkids down to Cox Kids Corner, grab great festival treats at the Food Court, or jump into one of our many participatory events. No matter what you do, you’ll be enjoying the great hospitality of our volunteers and benefiting from the support we get from nearly 250 sponsors, which helps us throw one of the top 50 outdoor events in the world but keep it affordable and welcoming to all.”

The 45th Riverfest – themed “Party in ICT” – features 115 events and attractions, including 30 new events, all outlined on wichitariverfest.com. Festival attendees can also access a full daily event schedule and festival map on their mobile devices.

EVENTS RUNNING DAILY:

  • Sparkling Ice Food Court and Bud Light Beer Garden, on and near Century II Drive
  • Cox Kids Corner with family-oriented activities, inflatables, games and projects at Hyatt Lawn
  • Ackerman’s Backyard at A. Price Woodard Park features happy hour, local DJs and games brought to you by PrairieFire Coffee
  • Bike Walk Wichita Bike Valet offers secured bicycle parking at Ackerman’s Backyard provided by the Kansas Turnpike Authority
  • Full STEAM Ahead tent in Cox Kids Corner with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math projects sponsored by MakeICT and USD 259
  • Riverfest Zipline, sponsored by Channel 963 in Ackerman’s Backyard.
  • Paddle Boats and Kayaks on the Arkansas River beginning from the Hyatt Lawn
  • Riverfest Photography Contest sponsored by DPI. Cash prizes are up for grabs during the 10th annual Riverfest Photography Contest.
  • New Belgium Bike Giveaway by the Bike Valet at Ackerman’s Backyard. One lucky festival attendee will pedal home on a custom cruiser.
  • Wichita Habitat for Humanity Riverfest Build, south of RedGuard stage and sponsored by KSN. Watch as volunteers build an energy efficient home in only 8 days!
  • Family Front Yard Fun part of Wichita Habitat for Humanity’s Riverfest Build at RedGuard Stage area – Enjoy fun activities and hands-on projects!
  • FireShark Gaming at the RedGuard Stage Area. Visit the world’s first immersive gaming truck.
  • Laser Tag, west of Kennedy Plaza, brought to you by Brad Pistotnik Law
  • King of the Ring, west of Kennedy Plaza. Challenge your friends or qualify for finals and a chance to win the $500 prize!
  • Kansas Lottery at the Century II Food Court – Get your Tickets and Win!
  • Wagonmasters River Tours, on the Arkansas River by the Douglas Street Bridge
  • Helicopter Rides from the West Bank of the Arkansas River, north of Lawrence Dumont Stadium.
  • The Eagle Medallion Hunt, with daily clues in the Wichita Eagle, sponsored by Eddy’s
  • Bike valet services, brought to you by Bike Walk Wichita and Kansas Turnpike Authority, located in Ackerman’s Backyard. Ride to the fest and park your bike for free!

EVENTS FOR FRIDAY, June 3:

  • Admiral’s Breakfast, the official opening of Riverfest, presented by Hyatt Regency Wichita and sponsored by Legacy Bank, 7:30 – 9 a.m. at Hyatt Regency, 400 W. Waterman
  • Wichita Habitat for Humanity Riverfest Build Wall-Raising with the Admiral, RedGuard Stage Area 9:15 – 9:45 a. m.,
  • Fancyfoam Indoor Fly-In, sponsored by Rans Designs and Matrix Wand, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Century II Exhibition Hall
  • DJ Takeover: Disco/Soul/Funk Dance Party at Ackerman’s Backyard 5 -10 p. m.
  • Hot Air Balloon Glow, 6 p.m., sponsored by Textron Aviation
  • Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in downtown Wichita
  • Andy Frasco & The U. N. sponsored by KMUW 8 – 10 p.m. at the Redguard Stage
  • Twilight Pops Concert featuring the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, 8:30 – 9:30 p. m. at Kennedy Plaza Stage sponsored by Riverfest Corporate Hosts
  • Opening Night Fireworks – 10 p. m along the Arkansas River from Lewis to 1st Street sponsored by AccuWeather

EVENTS FOR SATURDAY, June 4:

  • Kansas Health Foundation River Run, beginning at Waterman and Wichita streets sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, IBEW, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, KSN, B98-FM, Hall’s Culligan, 102.1 The BULL, PrairieFire Coffee & Roasters, Meineke Car Care Center, ALT 107.3, Hiland Dairy Foods, Channel 963, Wichita Federal Credit Union, Meritrust Credit Union and the YMCA:
    • Starwood Hotels & Resorts 10k, 7 a.m.
    • YMCA 2-mile Family Fun Walk, 8:30 a.m.
    • Meineke 2-mile Wheelchair, 9:25 a.m.
    • Meineke presents the Katie Partridge Memorial 2-mile race, 9:30 a.m.
    • Meritrust Tot Trot, 10:45 a.m.
    • Awards Ceremonies following each race
  • Hot Air Balloon Launch, 6 a.m., south of RedGuard Stage, sponsored by Textron Aviation
  • PaddleFit Class 8 – 8:30 a. m., Cox Kids Corner presented by Flatwater Fitness
  • Admiral’s Pancake Feed 8 – 11:30 a.m., RedGuard Stage Area
  • Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga 9 – 9:30 a.m. , Cox Kids corner presented by Flatwater Fitness
  • Over the Edge 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ambassador Hotel presented by Boy Scouts of America/Quivira Council
  • Riverfest Softball Tournament – Men’s Slow-pitch at 9 a.m., Southlakes Softball Complex 5301 S. Meridian
  • ReStore Upcycle Challenge Kick-Off, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wichita Habitat for Humanity Build/RedGuard Stage Area
  • Stand-Up Paddleboard Demos, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cox Kids Corner presented by Flatwater Fitness
  • Riverfest Hackathon , Exhibition Hall Century II– Registration at 10 a.m. Judging at 1 p. m. presented by the Knight Foundation, sponsored by Butler
  • Community College, SNT Media, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, Cox, devICT, Women Who Code Wichita, and Koch Industries, Inc.
  • Human Foosball – Open Play 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., $80 registration for teams of 6, Ackerman’s Backyard sponsored by Chilton Billiards & Spas and presented by
  • Rotaract of Wichita
  • Riverfest Horseshoes, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Linwood Park, 1901 S. Kansas St
  • Wings of the Wind Kite Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. RedGuard Stage Area
  • Horse Rides by Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Cox Kids Corner
  • Into the Darkness, 11 a.m.- 3 p m. behind the Wichita Public Library, presented by Guiding Paws, sponsored by Sparking Ice
  • I Bike ICT Tours: Art and Architecture – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bike Valet at Ackerman’s Backyard, presented by Bike Walk Wichita, sponsored by New Belgium
  • Brewing and brought to you by KMUW
  • Fancyfoam Indoor Fly-In – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Century II Exhibition Hall, sponsored by Rans Designs, Matrix Wand and AMETEK
  • Toy Train Display, 11 a. m to 5 p.m., Cox Kids Corner presented by Wichita Toy Train Museum
  • Riverfest Marketplace, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Douglas and Main
  • Dodgeball, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., RedGuard Stage Area, sponsored by Rusty Eck Ford
  • Hoop Art, noon to 2 p.m. & 3 – 5 p.m., Ackerman’s Backyard, presented by Half Moon Hoops
  • Tennis Fun Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ralph Wulz Riverside Tennis Center, 551 Nims St. Sponsored by Mo Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation & UTSA
  • Jet Ski Racing: IJSBA Mid-America Watercross Championships, 3 – 9 p.m., Arkansas River, sponsored by The Wichita Eagle
  • Lucha Libre Wrestling, 3 – 7p.m., RedGuard Stage Area, sponsored by McDonald’s Mid-KS Co-op
  • Violent Femmes w/ Meat Puppets, 3:15 – 10 p.m., Kennedy Plaza Stage. Sponsored by Don Hattan Chevrolet
  • Speedy Cash Golden Ticket, 3 – 8 p.m., RedGuard Stage Area
  • DJ Takeover: 90’s Dance Party/EDM, 5 – 10 p.m. Ackerman’s Backyard
  • Hot Air Ballons 6pm Glow by Textron Aviation, South of RedGuard Stage
  • Carnaval Del Rio: Dia de la Familia featuring Grupo Picante and Conjunto Atardecer, 7 – 10 p.m., RedGuard Stage. Sponsored by Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

EVENTS FOR SUNDAY, June 5:  A Salute to Aviation and Manufacturing

Join us as we celebrate our neighbors who work in the aviation and manufacturing industries that help make Wichita a great place to live, work and play!

  • STEAM City, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Main and William
  • Take Flight Butterfly Fest, 1- 5 p.m. at Botanica, 701 N. Amidon
  • Riverfest Horseshoes, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m, Linwood Park, 1901 S. Kansas St
  • Riverfest Sandcastle Competition, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main and William sponsored by A/A Wichita and Beran Concrete
  • Into the Darkness, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the Wichita Public Library sponsored by Sparkling Ice and presented by Guiding Paws
  • Jet Ski Races: IJSBA Mid-America Watercross Championships, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Arkansas River, sponsored by The Wichita Eagle
  • Wings of the Wind Kite Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., RedGuard Stage Area
  • Toy Trains, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cox Kids Corner presented by Wichita Toy Train Museum
  • Riverfest Marketplace 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Douglas and Main
  • Horse Rides by Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Cox Kids Corner
  • Fancyfoam Indoor Fly-in, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m, at Century II Exhibition Hall sponsored by Rans Designs, Matrix Wand and AMETEK
  • Fly Like an Eagle, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Main and William presented by Nu-Tek Aircraft Instruments Inc.
  • Human Foosball: Open Play, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Ackerman’s Backyard sponsored by Chilton Billiards & Spas presented by Rotaract of Wichita
  • I Bike Ict Tours: Urban Photography, 11 a.m. – noon, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing
  • Hoop Art, noon to 2, and 3 – 5 p.m. at Ackerman’s Backyard presented by Half Moon Hoops
  • Celebrity Egg Toss at noon, Star Lumber Stage at Century II Food Court
  • ReStore Upcycle Challenge, noon to 6 p.m. RedGuard Stage Area
  • Riverfest Hackathon Finish, noon. Judging at 1 p.m. Century II Exhibition Hall
  • Admirals Armada, 1 – 5p.m., at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
  • Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Hole-In-One Shootout, registration begins at 1 p.m. Shootout 5-6 p.m., Kansas Sports Hall of Fame at the Wichita Boat House,
  • 515 S. Wichita sponsored by Divots Golf Shop and Insurance Professionals Inc.
  • Cardboard Regatta, 1:30-3 p.m. vessel construction, 3-3:30 vessel launch at the Douglas Street Bridge, sponsored by The Wichita Eagle
  • Coleman Country Concert featuring A Thousand Horses with Brothers Osborne, 3:45 – 10 p.m at Kennedy Plaza Stage. Sponsored by Coleman & GOM
  • Flag, 5-10 p.m. at RedGuard Stage
  • DJ Takeover: Dance Party 5 – 7 p.m. Country Two Step, 8-10:30 p m. EDM at Ackerman’s Backyard
  • Paper Airplane Drop, 6-7 p.m. at Century II Exhibition Hall, sponsored by Fancy Foam and SPEEA Wichita
  • Hot Air Balloon Glow, 6 p.m. South of RedGuard Stage
  • Riverfest Wing-Eating Contest, 7 – 8 p.m., Star Lumber Stage at Century II Food Court, sponsored by KQAM/KGSO

The 45th Riverfest takes place Friday through June 11 and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Riverfest admission buttons are available – $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 – at Dillons and QuikTrip locations, and at the festival. 2016 official Riverfest sponsors include Bud Light, Spot’s Party Bus, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Decker Electric, RedGuard SiteBox, PraireLand Partners, Parr Sound & Lighting, Metro Courier, Van Horn Promotion and Marketing, and Visit Wichita.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3 – June 11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16th – 18th, 2016). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

May 28, 2016

WICHITA FESTIVALS SEEKS DONORS TO HELP BRING EVERYONE TO RIVERFEST

WICHITA, Kan., Wichita Festivals put out a call today for donations to the Celebrations for a Cause program, which provides buttons to citizens who might not otherwise be able to attend Wichita’s annual community celebration.

Reintroduced in 2013, Celebrations for a Cause is part of an effort to ensure Riverfest is an inclusive community event. Businesses and individuals can purchase $5 Riverfest buttons to be donated to local nonprofits for distribution to those they serve.

“We’ve had tremendous support from donors this year,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “But the need has grown and we want to be able to provide buttons to as many requesting organizations as possible.”

Donors may give online at wichitariverfest.com or wichitafestivals.com or by calling Wichita Festivals at 267-2817. The price for Celebrations for a Cause buttons is $5, and Wichita Festivals will give the charitable organizations the mix of adult and child buttons that they need.

Celebrations for a Cause leading donors for Riverfest 2016 are Grene Vision Group, King Arthur Flour, Rotary Club of East Wichita, Ron Ryan and Safelite AutoGlass.

Additional donors include Belden Mills, Belford Electric, Rigby Carey, CNH Industrial, Cold Control Refrigeration Inc., Dan Demott, DES Employment Group, Tom Devlin, Steve & Gena Dillard, Disciples Woman Hillside Christian Church, Great Harvest Bread Co., Bryan Green, Ben Grisanore, Legend Senior Living, Mary Beth Jarvis, Mechanical Systems, Inc., Murdock Companies, Shine Salon, SJCF Architecture, West Hills Capital, Wichita Federal Credit Union, Wichita Vet Center and Wells Fargo Advisors.

So far this year, these organizations have received buttons for distribution: The Arc of Sedgwick County, Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas, Breakthrough Club, Catholic Charities Inc. – Diocese of Wichita, Carpenter Place, Inc., Episcopal Social Services, Inc., Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Inc., Greater Wichita YMCA, Heartspring, The International Rescue Committee in Wichita, Kansas Army National Guard, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters , Kansas DUI Impact Center, KETCH, McConnell Air Force Base, Mental Health Association, Progressive Baptist Church, Rainbows United, Rise Up for Youth, Inc., Ronald McDonald House Charities of Wichita, Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita, Starkey, Survivor Outreach Services – Families of Our Military Fallen, Trust Women, United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas, Wichita Children’s Home and Youth Horizons.

The nine-day festival takes place June 3-11 in downtown Wichita. Celebrating its 45th year, the festival offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages, including concerts, sports activities, fireworks, contests, the Cox Kids’ Corner and much more. Riverfest admission buttons are available now at area QuikTrip and Dillons locations, INTRUST Bank Arena box office and Wichita Festivals’ office at 444 E. William. Buttons are $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.

Special thanks to official Riverfest sponsors: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bud Light, Decker Electric, Metro Courier, Parr Sound & Lighting, PrairieLand Partners, RedGuard SiteBox, Spot’s Party Bus, Visit Wichita and Van Horn Promotion & Marketing.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3-11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

May 6, 2016

MERITRUST TOT TROT 2016 ARTWORK COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita Festivals, Inc. (WFI), parent organization of Riverfest, announced the winner of the Meritrust Tot Trot Artwork Competition today at an assembly held at Seltzer Elementary School. Second grader Carlie Hernandez from Seltzer was named overall winner of the competition and was also the recipient of the 2nd Grade 1st Place award.

Nearly 2,000 contest entries were received from Kindergartners, 1st and 2nd graders representing nine area public and parochial schools. Carlie’s design will be featured on the T-shirt provided to each Meritrust Tot Trot entrant. The Meritrust Tot Trot is a component of the Kansas Health Foundation River Run, a signature event of Riverfest.

Carlie received two $50 gift certificates as well as a framed t-shirt of her winning design. Art instructor Marcia Scurfield received a $100 gift certificate as well as a framed T-shirt. Each of Carlie’s classmates received a complimentary Meritrust Tot Trot entry. Colvin Elementary won a $400 prize for most entries in the competition (Amy Lawson/Shannon Bohm). Second place winner was Seltzer Elementary (Marcia Scurfield), and third place went to St. Francis of Assisi (Lisa Lang).

Individual winners in each grade division also win prizes; 1st place winners won a $50 gift certificate, 2nd place winners received a $25 gift certificate, and 3rd place winners received a $10 gift certificate. Division competition winners are as follows:

2nd Grade

  • 1st Place – Carlie Hernandez (Seltzer)
  • 2nd Place – Henry Nguyen (Seltzer)
  • 3rd Place – Kolbe Engel (St. Francis of Assisi)

1st Grade

  • 1st Place – Jayla Maloney (Seltzer)
  • 2nd Place – Gabby Rettig (Seltzer)
  • 3rd Place – Amanda McDaniel (St. Francis of Assisi)

Kindergarten

  • 1st Place – Sienna Dean (Seltzer)
  • 2nd Place – Madelyn Seiler (St. Francis of Assisi)
  • 3rd Place – Tish Nguyen (Seltzer)

Tot Trot, an official Riverfest event, is sponsored by Meritrust Credit Union. The event is a fun run for children aged two to seven, where everyone who crosses the finish line receives a medallion. The Meritrust Tot Trot will begin at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, June 4 on the Maple Street Bridge in downtown Wichita. Registrants receive an event T-shirt and Riverfest button. Registration is currently taking place online at RiverRunWichita.com and is available onsite the day of the event.

Special thanks to official Riverfest sponsors: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bud Light, Decker Electric, Metro Courier, Parr Sound & Lighting, PrairieLand Partners, RedGuard SiteBox, Spot’s Party Bus, Van Horn Promotion & Marketing and Visit Wichita.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3-11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

April 27, 2016

RIVERFEST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TO CREATE FUNCTIONAL, BEAUTIFUL INSTALLATION
Tulsa-based Rachel Hayes working with local artists to create large fabric art piece that will bring beauty, shade to the festival

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita Festivals, Inc. and Harvester Arts announced today that Riverfest 2016’s Artist-in-Residence is award-winning fiber/installation artist, Rachel Hayes.

She has been visiting Wichita regularly since January to create SunSails, an installation built of nylon weatherproof fabric and high-tension cable. Assisted by local artists who are sewing hundreds of fabric “flutters” that will adorn the nearly 50-foot-wide art piece, Hayes will begin installation of SunSails May 23. Longtime Wichita Festivals volunteer and local architect Terry Wiggers, senior vice president of SJCF Architecture, is teaming up with Hayes to bring her installation to life.

“These beautiful, interactive sculptures will not only provide visitors with a colorful, immersive experience, they will also provide some much needed shade over Cox Kids Corner on the Hyatt Lawn,” said Ann Keefer, vice president of program development for WFI. “Designed for easy installation, SunSails can be used at other events such as the upcoming 4th of July celebration. This gift to the community will add to the vibrancy of downtown and the riverfront.”

The artwork is designed to provide shade as well as inspiration. “Each SunSail will be angled to provide shade points as the sun moves throughout the day, and thus encourage people to move around to each one, and notice different ‘colorscapes’ and views of the river,” said Hayes “The wind will also catch, move and lift the ‘flutters,’ keeping the piece in constant motion along with the changing weather.”

“Wayne White’s Sundown Parade puppets were a huge hit last year,” said Kate Van Steenhuyse, co-founder and CEO of Harvester Arts. “This year we wanted to treat the Riverfest audience to a completely different experience that they could enjoy throughout the entire nine days of the festival.”

A number of free activities featuring the artist are planned May 25-June 24. No reservations are required:

  • Public Art & Creative Placemaking Panel, 5:30 p.m., May 25 at CityArts, 334 N. Mead
    Featuring Rachel B. Hayes; Terry Wiggers; Ann Keefer; John D’Angelo, director, Division of Cultural Arts & Services-City of Wichita; Kate Van Steenhuyse; Kristin Beal; and Troy Houtman, director of Parks and Recreation-City of Wichita.
  • Rachel B. Hayes: Artist Talk, 7 p.m., May 27 at Harvester Arts, 215 N. Washington.
  • SunSails artwork installation in progress, May 23-Jun 3 at Cox Kids Corner on the Hyatt Lawn.
  • Safelite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade, 6:30 p.m., June 3. Hayes and other members of the Riverfest Artist-in-Residence team will participate.
  • Light and Shade, works by Rachel B. Hayes, on display 6-9 p.m., May 27 and June 24 or by appointment May 27- July 8 at Harvester Arts, 215 N. Washington.

The Riverfest Artist-in-Residence program was established in 2015, in partnership with Harvester Arts. “We aim to make Riverfest – with its vast audience of more than 400,000 attendees – an annual arts destination,” said Kristin Beal, co-founder and COO of Harvester Arts. Beal, also an artist, has worked as creative consultant for the Safelite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade since 2013.

“One of the core missions of Harvester Arts is to engage the community through critical dialogue and the creation of new work,” said Ryan Gates, co-founder of Harvester Arts. “Partnering with WFI has allowed us to bring amazing artists like Rachel Hays to Wichita where the community can engage with her art over the course of this wonderful festival that brings Wichita together.”

Born and raised outside Kansas City, Mo., Hayes resides in Tulsa, Okla. She has completed large outdoor commissions in Rosslyn, Va. and Columbus, Ga. She attended the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in Brooklyn, N.Y.; the Sculpture Space Residency in Utica, N.Y.; the Art Omi International Artists’ Residency in Omi, N.Y.; and the coveted Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in Roswell, N.M. Selected exhibitions include the Sculpture Center in New York City; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kan.; and the BravinLee Programs in lower Manhattan, N.Y.

The artist took her inspiration for SunSails from the river and the people who lived alongside it in ancient times. “The structure of SunSails riffs off the simplest forms of shelters humans can make – lean-tos, tents, teepees – as well as echoing the shape of a sail that may have floated down the river on a boat. The ‘flutters’ of fabric attached to the sail will be arranged in various palettes and patterns of rich colors. These flutters can be seen as moving abstract color, being mixed up by the wind, but they also have a familiarity and are reminiscent of laundry hanging to dry, prayer flags, plastic parking lot banners, and so on,” said Hayes.

Sponsors for the Riverfest 2016 Artist-in-Residence program include Hotel at Waterwalk, Trish Higgins Fine Art and local creatives Mike & Meghan Miller, Hallie Linnebur, Rhonda Bunch-Davis, Chiyoko Myose, Alli Sutton, Emily Christensen and Marta McKim. For more information, or to volunteer and sew flutters for the sculptures, contact Kate Van Steenhuyse or Kristin Beal at harvesterarts@gmail.com.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3- June 11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016).

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

March 9, 2016 

DILLARD REVEALED AS ADMIRAL WINDWAGON SMITH XLIII, AMBASSADOR OF RIVERFEST 2016
Early-bird discount buttons go on sale at Cox Solutions Stores April 11

WICHITA, Kan.— During a press conference today at the Ruffin Building, Wichita Festivals, Inc. announced Steve Dillard as Admiral Windwagon Smith XLIII, ambassador of Riverfest 2016.
Admiral Steve Dillard“With Steve at the helm of the Windwagon this year, it’s going to be a great ride!” said Mary Beth Jarvis president and CEO of Wichita Festivals. “He’s been a volunteer leader for Riverfest and Wichita Festivals for so many years; he’ll be a great ambassador, representing all the volunteers whose love and hard work have made Riverfest what it is.”

Dillard, president and a co-owner of Pickrell Drilling Company, Inc., has been actively involved with Riverfest and Wichita Festivals for 22 years. He was a member of the WFI Board of Directors and presided as chair during the 2004-05 season. Dillard joined the Operations Committee in 2006 and has contributed his talents in a number of areas, including button sales, food service, River Run, and in recent years, the Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade. A member of the Wichita Wagonmasters since 1994, he has served as Captain, as well as in many other roles for the organization.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as this year’s Admiral,” Dillard said. “It’s a tremendous privilege to be chosen. I look forward to the opportunity to represent the festival and our community, and to the challenge of living up to the example set by so many excellent Admirals who have preceded me.”

As the official ambassador of Riverfest 2016, Dillard will visit children in local hospitals, speak to Wichita civic organizations and help host dozens of events during the nine days of Riverfest, June 6-11. He will be assisted by the 2016 Prairie Schooner Mates, who were also present at today’s event. These high school juniors are selected by their schools to be youth ambassadors for Riverfest.
In addition to revealing the admiral’s identity, Jarvis also shared some news items for Riverfest 2016:
• A reminder about early-bird button sales, when Adult buttons will be available at an early-bird discount price of $7 via preorder at SelectASeat.com, and in person April 11-May 5 at Cox Solutions stores: 2240 N. Rock Road, 446 S. Ridge Road and 2556 N. Maize at New Market Square in Wichita; 1636 N. Rock Road in Derby; 101 E. 12th Avenue in El Dorado and 417 N. Windward in Newton. Full-price buttons will be available at major button retailors (Dillons and QuikTrip) beginning May 6.
• More than 120 events with 15 events that are new to Riverfest, including STEAM City, Blacktop Nationals, an attempt to break the World’s Record for Longest UTV Jump, Hackathon and many others.
• Riverfest will again embrace the arts by welcoming a 2016 Artist-in-Residence who will be announced in the near future.
• The festival will continue a tradition of welcoming all citizens to the party. The Celebrations for a Cause program allows businesses and individuals to purchase buttons for local service organizations who distribute them to worthy citizens. In addition, active military are invited to attend the festival for free Tuesday, June 7.

Here are this year’s Prairie Schooner Mates:
Admiral and Schoonies 2016Kensey Arlt: Eisenhower High School
Hannah Arneson: Valley Center High School
Josephine Beaver: Andover High School
Jayde Byrd: Maize High School
Margarita Borunda: Wichita North High School
Paulina Castaneda: Wichita Southeast High School
Maya Daniels: Wichita West High School
Katherine Darnell: Wichita Northwest High School
Abigail Faflick: Wichita East High School
August Farmer: Metro Meridian
Avary Finch: Campus High School
Juston Flowers: Wichita Collegiate
Scarlett Green: Northeast Magnet
Sydney Lashley: Bishop Carroll
Caleb Leivian: Kapaun Mt. Carmel
Ryan Loesing: Wichita South High School
Tania Lowe: Wichita Heights High School
Dani McEwen: Maize South High School
Brynnan Norris: Andover Central High School
Sarah Onken: Derby High School
Tyler Treat: The Independent School
Bethany Warner: Trinity Academy

New Riverfest partners include: AARP of Kansas, Accuweather, Alenco, AMETEK, Barefoot Wines, Butler Community College, Cargill, Convergys, Fidelity Bank, Kansas Strong, KIOGA, The Knight Foundation, McDonald’s Mid-KS Co-op, Mennonite Press, New Belgium Brewing, SNT Media, SPEEA, Suburban Landscape, VA Outreach Center, White Castle, The Wichita Eagle and Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
A digital press kit with a bio and photo of the Admiral and this press release is available at WichitaRiverfest.com.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3-11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

February 17, 2016

CONCERT HEADLINERS RELEASED FOR RIVERFEST 2016

Nine days of concerts and more than one hundred events are all free with a Riverfest button

February 17, 2016 – WICHITA, Kan . – Wichita Festivals, Inc. today announced Riverfest concert headliners, a line-up covering a wide variety of genres and featuring many popular national acts festivalgoers can enjoy just for the price of a Riverfest button.

“Talk about bang for your buck!” said Mary Beth Jarvis, Wichita Festivals’ President and CEO. “We are amazed and proud that thanks to our many festival sponsors and partners, we can present nine days of high-caliber, diverse entertainment for such an accessible price.”

Tradition rules on Friday, June 3 when the Twilight Pops Concert featuring the Wichita Symphony Orchestra will perform on the Kennedy Plaza Stage, directly following the Safelite™ AutoGlass Sundown Parade. Los Angeles blues-rockers Andy Frasco & The U.N. will perform on the RedGuard Stage, southeast of the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

On Saturday, June 4, the Meat Puppets, themselves old school alternative rock legends, will open for the original Violent Femmes on the Kennedy Plaza Stage. An alternative music powerhouse, the band has released eight studio albums and fifteen singles. Their self-titled first album, which featured “Blister in the Sun” and “Kiss Off” among many other hit singles, is certified platinum.

The Coleman Country Concert is scheduled for Sunday, June 5, and co-stars A Thousand Horses and Brothers Osborne on the Kennedy Plaza Stage. Those who prefer rock or punk over country can mosh to Flag, featuring original members of Black Flag and the Descendants.

The twentieth Gospelfest, with duel headliners, Grammy Award-winner Tasha Cobb and the dynamic Zacardi Cortez, will take place Monday, June 6 and will include performances by local groups and choir members on the Kennedy Plaza Stage. The high-energy and versatile Brave Combo, from Denton, Texas, will perform on the RedGuard Stage that evening.

The popular “Festival of Broadway” will return to Kennedy Plaza on Tuesday, June 7, featuring performances by Music Theatre Wichita, Roxy’s Downtown and Mosley Street Melodrama. On the RedGuard Stage, Sinbad (yes, the comedian, but he’s a musician, too) will perform with Wichita’s own, internationally-known, R&B artist Rudy Love.

New Jersey trio Naughty By Nature will bring on the classic hip-hop dance grooves on Wednesday, June 8 at Kennedy Plaza. The award-winning band who first hit it big in 1991 with “O.P.P.” will keep this multi-generational dance party moving. At the RedGuard Stage, Moreland & Arbuckle will bring their special brand of rocking roots-blues.

Elle King, presented by Koch Industries, will perform on the Kennedy Plaza Stage on Throwback Thursday, June 9. King was nominated for two Grammy awards for her smash hit, “Ex’s & Oh’s.” The concert will take place during and after the Goodwill Industries Cajun Food Fest. Modern soul act, The Suffers, will open for King.

At the Indie Showcase on June 10, Fishbone will open for Reel Big Fish, both rock-fueled Caribbean-inspired ska bands. On the RedGuard Stage, William Clark Green and Hugh Masterson will play Red Dirt country music.

The finale of Riverfest 2016 kicks off at Kennedy Plaza on Saturday, June 11 with Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River starring The Roots, the Grammy-winning house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Fiesta del Rio will take place on the RedGuard Stage that night. The Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale will close the festival with a bang following the concerts.

A number of local and regional acts also will perform at Riverfest 2016, including O’Phil, DJ Carbon, Big Red Horse, Kill Vargas, Divorce Corpse, Candy Lords, Haymakers, A Squared, and many others. In addition to the Kennedy Plaza and RedGuard stages, the Food Court Stage will be activated throughout the festival. All local and regional acts will be announced via social media on March 30.

Admission to all Riverfest concerts is free with a Riverfest button. Adult buttons are $10, and children’s buttons (available while supplies last for kids ages 6-12) are $3. Adult buttons are available at an early bird discount price of $7 via preorder at SelectASeat.com, and in person April 11-May 5 at Cox Solutions stores: 2240 N. Rock Road, 446 S. Ridge Road and 2556 N. Maize at New Market Square in Wichita; 1636 N. Rock Road in Derby; 101 E. 12th Avenue in El Dorado and 417 N. Windward in Newton. Full-price buttons will be available at major button retailors (Dillons and QuikTrip) beginning May 6.

Media partners for Riverfest 2016 include 104.5 The Fox, Alt 107.3, B98FM, BOB FM, The Bull, The Buzz, Channel 963, Ashby Street Outdoor, The Community Voice, FOX Kansas, Great Plains TV, Hank, Intake Studios, KAKEland, KEYN, KFDI, KFH, KGSO, KMUW, KNSS, KQAM, KSN, KWCH, La Raza, Liberty Press, POWER 93.5, Q92 The Beat, Radio Lobo, Splurge!, T95, Visit Wichita and Wichita magazine.

Riverfest 2016 Official Sponsors include: Bud Light, Decker Electric, Metro Courier, Parr Sound & Lighting, PrairieLand Partners, RedGuard SiteBox and Spot’s Party Bus.

A digital press kit containing images, links and this press release is available at WichitaRiverfest.com.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3-11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

January 29, 2016

RIVERFEST ARTWORK INSPIRES CITIZENS TO ‘PARTY IN ICT!’

Iconic button and poster artwork unveiled; 45th festival to include new, innovative events

January 29, 2016—WICHITA, Kan.—Wichita Festivals, Inc. today revealed the iconic artwork for the 45th Riverfest and offered a sneak peek into the upcoming festival at a press event at Emprise Bank, sponsor of the artwork contest.

Wichita-based artist Chris Parks won this year’s button and poster artwork competition with his interpretation of the Wichita flag to capture the theme of the June 3-11 event, “Party in ICT!”

“Chris’s design is a clever tribute to our community’s popular flag,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President and CEO of Wichita Festivals. “His poster and buttons will be a great way to show civic pride and to convey that we are all ready to ‘Party in ICT!’”

The red, white and blue design with subtle icons that reflect the diverse attractions of Riverfest will adorn advertisements and merchandise and serve as an invitation to the largest community celebration in the state of Kansas: Riverfest 2016,  June 3-11. A simplified version of the poster artwork will be featured on the adult button. The child’s button, for kids 6-12, will feature a sunny, smiling character.

A Riverfest button allows admission for all nine days of the festival. Adult admission buttons for Riverfest are $10, with an early-bird price of $7 when purchased by online presale now at SelectaSeat.com or in person April 11-May 5 at area Cox Solutions stores, Intrust Bank Arena box office or Wichita Festivals, Inc., 444 E. William. The price for the popular child’s button will be $3 in advance and throughout the festival.

“We are keeping prices affordable so everyone can join in Wichita’s most unifying and inclusive event,” said Jarvis. “At $10 our adult button – and the nine-days of concerts and fun that come with it – is a tremendous deal. Last year, nearly 30,000 people got an even sweeter deal by buying during the early-bird period.”

Highlights of the 2015 festival were also revealed. “The Kansas Health Foundation River Run is celebrating its 40th anniversary and will move back to opening weekend,” Jarvis said. “We know everyone loves fireworks and we will have two shows in the sky this year: an opening-night show following the Twilight Pops concert June 3rd, and the huge Capitol Federal Fireworks finale. But in addition to the classics, we are really excited by some new and innovative events that we’ll introduce this year.”

Riverfest Hackathon presented by the Knight Foundation; STEAM City, a hands-on event that gives local manufacturing companies a chance to strut their stuff and reach out to young people, and the inclusion of popular car show BlackTop Nationals presented by Midwest Ford Dealers will bring new energy to the festival. Several events that require planning were also announced, along with a call to “Let the building begin!” inspiring attendees to start designing and creating their parade entries, racing rafts and decorated bikes.

Riverfest will continue building on its longtime tradition of creating ways for area charities to benefit from Riverfest exposure and events. For the first time ever, a Habitat for Humanity blitz build will take place at the festival, allowing attendees to watch a Habitat home grow from the ground up in ten days. Also, the Celebrations for a Cause program gives people the chance to buy $5 buttons, which Festivals donates to service organizations, so that more of our neighbors can be included in Riverfest.

“It’s a great way to do good, and to ensure that all of our neighbors can join the celebration,” said Jarvis.

Wichita native Chris Parks is creative dynamo who has had a lasting visual impact on his hometown. His iconic style can be seen in logos on businesses up and down the Douglas Design District. The designer, illustrator, art director, and branding strategist is a graduate of Wichita State University. Parks spent time at Wichita’s most prestigious agencies before starting his eponymous company in 2011. He is known for collaborating with other artists and mentoring young designers. His portfolio and reputation have allowed him to work on projects all over the country, but he lives and works in Wichita, where he is raising his three boys. His design was selected for the Wichita River Festival poster competition back in 1998. “Riverfest is such a Wichita institution,” says Parks, “and as someone who spent my formative years here in Wichita, it really feels nice to be a part of it again.”

“In the 1990s, the successful Ray Wave poster design inspired a subsequent trend of illustrative character poster designs off and on over the years that in turn became each year’s mascot,” said Parks. “I became curious about challenging that long-running artwork formula, and thought of utilizing a limited color palette and focusing primarily on typography, versus a mascot or character design. As a tribute to and celebration of the now-iconic Wichita city flag, I imagined the flag’s red rays as being animated to music, surrounding a central ‘Party in ICT’ type treatment. This year’s artwork is meant to reflect the fact that the festival continues to evolve, and places emphasis on the musical talent brought to town each year. It’s one big gig poster, for one big party in ICT.”

A team of design professionals judged the competition and selected Parks’s design from twenty-five submissions. Representatives from Emprise Bank, the sponsor of the 2016 Artwork Contest, and Docuplex, sponsor of the 2016 Riverfest poster, presented Parks with the $3,500 award for his winning design.

The Riverfest 2016 concert line-up will be released on Feb. 17 via Facebook, Twitter and Riverfest’s many media partners. Discounted early-bird registration for the Kansas Health Foundation River Run races has begun and will continue through Feb. 28.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3-11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817.

A digital press kit containing the 2016 artwork, more about the artist, and this press release is available at WichitaRiverfest.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

January 24, 2016

WFI WRAPS STRONG YEAR

Not-for-profit that produces Riverfest recaps numbers for 2015; Looking ahead to 2016

January 24, 2016 – WICHITA, Kan. – On the brink of the official start of the Riverfest promotional season, Wichita Festivals, Inc., today shared a recap of the organization’s successes in 2015 with sponsors, supporters, volunteers and the public.

“Thanks to those who share our goals of unifying the community and enhancing quality of life in Wichita, we had a successful year of achieving our mission,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president/CEO of WFI. “Lots of people support our efforts, and we are so grateful for that. Our generous sponsors and donors, button-buying Riverfest fans and our tireless volunteers – all are absolutely dedicated to Wichita and to making it great.”

A successful year of events included helping the community celebrate the new Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal, and growing Riverfest 2016 and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair. Financial results were positive, allowing the organization to add 3 percent of 2015 revenues to reserves.

As the organization prepares to unveil the iconic artwork for Riverfest 2016 on Jan. 29, here is a “WFI by the Numbers” overview of 2015:

Riverfest 2015
• Total attendance was 410,000, an 8 percent increase from 2014.
• More than 200 partners (including sponsors and Corporate Hosts) representing $740,000 in cash sponsorships plus nearly $800,000 of in-kind contributions, provided support for the 2015 festival.
• The community embraced discount-priced buttons, purchasing 30,000 during an early-bird period. Sales remained strong enough throughout the festival to place Riverfest at #54 worldwide in Outdoor Ticket Sales according to Pollstar.
• More than 6,000 volunteers assisted at Riverfest, including 520 new volunteers, putting in more than 32,000 work-hours.
• 2,500 buttons were distributed to worthy citizens through 36 social service organizations, thanks to the Celebrations for a Cause program.
• In spite of one of the most popular ticketed attractions (Wagonmasters Waterwagon Tours) being offered for free at the 2015 festival, ticket sales for attractions such as the Zipline were up 26 percent.
• The Safelite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade featuring large-scale, Wichita-themed puppets designed and created by artist Wayne White with the assistance of local citizens drew more than 30,000 attendees.
• More than 40,000 gathered on Kennedy Plaza and the river banks to enjoy a huge Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale.
• The biggest crowds came to the Coleman Country Concert with Easton Corbin, A Salute to Aviation starring Flogging Molly, and the 7 Clans/First Council Village People show, each of which played to more than 20,000 fans.

Autumn & Art 2015
• One hundred artists exhibited at Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair 2015, WFI’s alfresco fine art fair, Sept. 18-20.
• Nearly 25,000 art lovers attended the event.
• More than 700 patrons, who make the event possible, attended the Opening Night Patron Party.
• Award-winning artists received $7,500 in cash prizes.
• Thirty-five sponsors, including presenting sponsor Fidelity Bank, provided $163,000 in cash and in-kind support for this event, which is free to the public.

For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. and the festivals it produces, visit WichitaFestivals.com.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3-11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or Teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

January 12, 2016

BLACKTOP NATIONALS CAR SHOW COMING TO RIVERFEST 2016

Ford-sponsored classic car event will take place June 9-11 in the heart of Kansas’ largest community party

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc., today announced that Blacktop Nationals, presented by Ford, will be incorporated into Riverfest 2016.

Blacktop Nationals, a large-scale event that drew car enthusiasts and attendees of all ages, has been held annually since 2010. This year, it will take place the final three days of Riverfest – June 9 to 11 – and feature classic and new car displays, competitions and hands-on demonstrations, all staged alongside Riverfest’s other festival offerings.

Admission to the Blacktop Nationals displays and exhibits will be free with a Riverfest button.

“We are very excited about this pairing,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president/CEO of WFI. “Gearheads and all who love Blacktop Nationals can celebrate the fact that great food, entertainment and other Riverfest activities will be available to add to their car-show experience. And Riverfest lovers get a huge bonus – in the form of impressive custom, classic and cutting-edge vehicles, plus unique experiences from Ford – all for the price of their Riverfest button.”

Presenting sponsor Ford Motor Company will offer a peek at the latest automotive technology, as well as exhibitions and interactive experiences with Ford vehicles. Car collectors will be invited to bring their vehicles to the event for display and to compete in a variety of categories.

Established by Rick Nuckolls and Ron Hawkins, Blacktop Nationals had previously taken place in downtown Wichita in August. Moving Blacktop to early June also means the weather is likely to be more amenable to collectors exhibiting their rides outdoors.

Sponsors and vendors are currently being sought for Blacktop Nationals, and registration will open March 1 for collectors and individuals who wish to enter their vehicles into the show.

“Blacktop Nationals has grown thanks to a strong volunteer base, and we are reaching out to those individuals and groups who have been such a big part of the event since it began,” said Jill Massey, WFI director of volunteers. “We are also excited to hear from those who wish to join the volunteer team for this event, those who want to show their vehicle, and potential sponsors looking to reach car enthusiasts.”

Those who wish to participate will find more information at WichitaRiverfest.com.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3-11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or Teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

October 20, 2015

WICHITA FESTIVALS ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS

WICHITA, Kan. – New officers and directors today began terms on the volunteer leadership team of Wichita Festivals, Inc., which produces community events, including Riverfest and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair.

Esther Headley, of The Research Partnership, will chair the WFI board for the 2015-2016 board year. Don Grant of Carey, Thomas, Hoover and Breault is chair-elect. The board secretary is D.J. Fulton of Grene Vision Group. Alan Howarter of Vess Oil Corporation is the organization’s treasurer. Chris Goebel of Star Lumber & Supply Co., Inc. is the board’s immediate past chair.

New board members elected to their first three-year terms as directors include Brock Beran of Beran Companies; Rigby Carey of Carey, Thomas, Hoover and Breault; and Teketa Harding of Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

The officers and directors were elected at the Wichita Festivals, Inc. annual meeting in September. Retiring from the Wichita Festivals board were Clay Bastian and Kaye Monk-Morgan, each of whom served on the board since the fall of 2009, as well as Lathi deSilva, who had served since 2012.

Other members of the board include Gary Austerman of Klenda Austerman LLC; Prisca Barnes of Storytime Village, Inc.; Craig Burns of Security 1st Title Company; Jennifer Magana of the City of Wichita; Ron Ryan; Barry Schwan of House of Schwan; Capt. Gavin Seiler of Wichita Police Department; Denise Sherman of Southwestern College Professional Studies; Van Williams of the City of Wichita; and Carol E. Wilson, accountant.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. Riverfest (June 3-11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (Sept. 16-18, 2016).

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

October 15, 2015

RIVERFEST OFFICALS REMIND CITIZENS: ‘YOU’RE THE FEST!’, INVITE PARTICIPATION
Applications now available for the Emprise Bank Poster-Art Contest, festival entertainers, event organizers and food vendors

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. today officially kicked off the Riverfest planning season by reminding the citizens of Wichita that, “You’re the Fest!” and releasing application forms for Riverfest 2016.

Artists are encouraged to enter the Riverfest Poster & Button Artwork Contest, sponsored by Emprise Bank. Riverfest is also seeking entertainers of all kinds, as well as food vendors and event organizers for the festival.

“This event has always been all about the citizens of Wichita – who truly are what make Riverfest a success,” said Ann Keefer, vice president of program development for WFI. “Whether they are talented artists or performers, fun food vendors or creative event organizers, they are the fest, and they help us to create a nine-day party that offers something for everyone in the community.”

Designs are sought for Riverfest 2016 based on the theme, “Party in ICT!” The winning artist will receive a $3,500 cash prize. All artists 18 or older are invited to participate and no fee is required to enter. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 to be eligible.

“It’s always fun to see the excitement and energy of Riverfest through the creative eyes of the artists and designers who submit to this contest,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president/CEO of WFI. “We hope participants will be truly inspired by this year’s theme and help us visually capture the spirit of Riverfest.”

The winning artwork will be featured on the Riverfest 2016 poster, buttons, official T-shirt and other items, and will be used as the central artwork in promotional campaigns for the nine-day annual celebration, scheduled for June 3-11 in downtown Wichita.

Original Wichitennial and Wichita River Festival designs dating back to 1970 were created by local artists. Conducted periodically throughout the 45-year history of the festival, the annual contest was reestablished by popular demand in 2011. Release of the artwork is much anticipated and collectors value the pins, posters and buttons based on the artwork.

Local and regional entertainers also have an important place in Riverfest history. While national headline acts are much anticipated, favorite area bands and other performers have always been fundamental to the diverse flavor of Riverfest. Plus, iconic Riverfest events such as the bathtub races have sprung from the minds of local hobbyists and civic groups.

Those interested in contributing their talents to Riverfest can find New Event, Entertainment, and Food Vendor applications, as well as the Poster & Button Artwork Contest rules and application at WichitaRiverfest.com.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 3-11, 2016) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 16-18, 2016). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or Teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

Sept. 20, 2015 

BEAUTIFUL WEATHER, NEW ACTIVITIES DRIVE RECORD CROWDS TO AUTUMN & ART
Award-winning artists take home $7,500 in prizes; 2016 event set for Sept. 16-18

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. and Laham Development officials announced record-breaking crowds at the sixth-annual Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, presented by Fidelity Bank, Friday through today on Bradley Fair Parkway. Eight of the 100 outstanding artists who exhibited their work in this, the region’s largest fine-art show and sale, won cash awards totaling $7,500.

Full attendance will be released at 5:30 p.m. today, but organizers noted that with most of the event’s final day remaining, the art festival had already welcomed more attendees than in 2014, when 18,000 total festivalgoers attended.

More than 700 patrons supported the event, attended the opening night Patron Party and enjoyed reserved parking and complimentary beverages throughout the weekend. Beautiful weather and new programming – including a wine tasting, a whiskey sampling, and a theatrical photo booth – joined paddle-boat rides on Bradley Fair Lake and art-themed family fun to drive the increase in attendance.

“Our sponsors and Patrons help us offer this show as a wonderful, art-fueled gift to the community and allow admission to be free of charge to the public,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president/CEO of WFI. “Attendees came out in droves to enjoy the amazing artwork; great entertainment, food and drink; and the gorgeous weather.”

Next year’s Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair has been scheduled for Sept. 16-18, 2016.

The 2015 event featured 100 artists who were invited to participate after the show’s jury – comprised of Howard Ellington, Rollin Karg, Sherry Leedy, and Patricia McDonnell – evaluated their work. The cash prizes were awarded at a breakfast Sunday held at the Hilton Garden Inn and sponsored by Bradley Fair. Judges included Wade Hampton, Lori Martin-Price, Conrad Snider and Bob Workman.

The Legend Senior Living Patron Award went to Hong Mao, a painter from Dublin, Ohio. Chris Coffey, a photographer from Akron, Ohio, won Best of Show.

Here are the winners for overall achievement in two-dimensional art, which include two-dimensional mixed media, drawing, graphics/printmaking, painting and photography:
* 1st Place: Stephen Smith (Painting) of Broken Arrow, Okla.
* 2nd Place: Dennis Rhoades (Drawing) of Eugene, Colo.
* 3rd Place: Earnest Vince Wood III (Painting) of Wichita.

These artists were recognized among artists with three-dimensional works, including three-dimensional mixed media, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture and wood:
* 1st Place: Tom Unzicker (Ceramics) of Newton, Kan.
* 2nd Place: Sally Wade (Jewelry) of Tyler, Texas.
* 3rd Place: Craig Campbell (Sculpture) of Wichita.

Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair is produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. in partnership with Laham Development and Bradley Fair. Fidelity Bank is the presenting sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include Wichita Luxury Auto Group, Martin Pringle, The Flint Hills Group at Morgan Stanley, Grant Thornton LLP, IMA, Apricot Lane, the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation, Legend Senior Living, Trust Company of Kansas, J.P. Weigand, PixPro and The Bar’s Open.

Also partnering with Wichita Festivals, Inc. to produce the event are The Wichita Center for the Arts, Newport Grill, Redrock Canyon Grill, YaYa’s EuroBistro, Tree Top Nursery, PrairieFire Coffee Roasters, RedGuard SiteBox, The Frame Shop, House of Schwan, Jacob Liquor, The Fresh Market, Docuplex, Hilton Garden Inn and Living Sound. Media partners for the event are Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeart Radio, Intake Studios, KAKEland, SPLURGE! and Visit Wichita.
For more information about Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair or Wichita Festivals, Inc. contact Teri Mott, Director of Marketing and Communication, at (614) 506-9307 or teri@wichitafestivals.com. Follow @Autumn_and_Art on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

Sept. 17, 2015 

SIXTH-ANNUAL AUTUMN & ART KICKS OFF FRIDAY AT BRADLEY FAIR
Unique fine-art show and sale features Patron Party, 101 artists and new art-themed programs

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. and Laham Development officials today announced details about the sixth-annual Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, which is presented by Fidelity Bank and opens Friday.

The alfresco fine-art show and sale features 101 artists from 23 states, including 34 Kansas artists. Original fine-art works in a wide variety of media will be available, including paintings, drawings, and photographs as well as glass, jewelry, wood, ceramic, and fiber pieces. The event is free and open to the public, thanks to the support of sponsors and Patrons.

“Once a year, a national-caliber fine-art show pops up along Bradley Fair Parkway, and thanks to our generous sponsors and Patrons, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the experience,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President/CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “Whether you’re browsing or buying, you can take in the beautiful artwork and enjoy music, food and drink, plus activities for all ages.”

Autumn & Art kicks off Friday with the popular opening night Patron Party from 6-9 p.m., featuring specialty wine and spirits; gourmet food from Newport Grill, Redrock Canyon Grill, and YaYa’s EuroBistro; a specialty coffee bar from PrairieFire Coffee Roasters; Latin jazz by A Terra Plana; and a silent auction and wine pull that will raise funds for the event. Patrons also enjoy reserved parking and complimentary beverages throughout the weekend. Patron Tickets are $100 and are available until noon Friday by calling Wichita Festivals at (316) 267-2817; online at AutumnandArt.com; or at the Bradley Fair Guest Services office, located next to Williams-Sonoma. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

New activities for Autumn & Art 2015 include a Wine & Art Tasting featuring an olive-oil tasting; a Whiskey Sampling; a Cigar Bar; Fun with Hoops; and Celestial Caravan, a photo booth sponsored by The Flint Hills Group at Morgan Stanley. Artists Hallie Linnebur and Meghan Miller will transform participants with costumes and props and pose them in an early 20th century science-fiction scene to produce a one-of-a-kind souvenir photo.

In addition to the opportunity to browse and buy artwork, attendees can purchase a bite to eat from the Culinary Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday, where Bradley Fair restaurants Il Vicino, Jason’s Deli and Outback Steakhouse will offer a selection of menu items. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available at cash bars along the parkway.

Fun for kids and families is scheduled on Saturday and Sunday and includes Artie’s Art Studio, which offers hands-on art projects directed by arts educators; Artie’s Clubhouse, Autumn & Art’s kids-only gallery for young collectors-in-training; and Artie’s Masterpiece Games along the parkway. Autumn & Art family programming is sponsored by the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation and hosted by The Wichita Center for the Arts.

Autumn & Art hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20 on Bradley Fair Parkway, just east of Bradley Fair at Rock Road and 21st Street North.

Fidelity Bank returns as presenting sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include Wichita Luxury Auto Group, Martin Pringle, The Flint Hills Group at Morgan Stanley, Grant Thornton LLP, IMA, Apricot Lane, the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation, Legend Senior Living, Trust Company of Kansas, J.P. Weigand, PixPro and The Bar’s Open.

“The continued growth of Autumn & Art reminds us all that the creative spirit is alive and well in Wichita,” said Clay Bastian, president of Fidelity Financial Corporation. “We are proud to support this inspiring celebration of artistic expression.”

Also partnering with Wichita Festivals, Inc. to produce the event are The Wichita Center for the Arts, Newport Grill, Redrock Canyon Grill, YaYa’s EuroBistro, Tree Top Nursery, PrairieFire Coffee Roasters, RedGuard SiteBox, The Frame Shop, House of Schwan, Jacob Liquor, The Fresh Market, Docuplex, Hilton Garden Inn and Living Sound. Media partners for the event are Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeart Radio, Intake Studios, KAKEland, SPLURGE! and Visit Wichita.
For more information about Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair or Wichita Festivals, Inc. contact Teri Mott, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (614) 506-9307 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

Follow @Autumn_and_Art on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

Sept. 2, 2015    

NEW PROGRAMS, FEATURED ARTIST REVEALED FOR 6th-Annual AUTUMN & ART AT BRADLEY FAIR

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. officials today announced new activities for the 6th-Annual Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, an alfresco fine-art fair presented by Fidelity Bank, and revealed the festival’s Featured Artist.

Autumn & Art, which last year drew 18,000 attendees, takes place Sept. 18-20 on Bradley Fair Parkway and will feature 101 artists from 23 states, including 34 Kansas artists.

Oil painter Ernest Vincent Wood III is the Grant Thornton LLP Featured Artist for Autumn & Art 2015. A Wichita native and graduate of Wichita State University, Wood is a recipient of a Kansas Cultural Trust Grant, has studied at the International School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy and has exhibited in Ireland.

New activities for Autumn & Art 2015 include a Wine & Art Tasting featuring an olive-oil tasting, a Whiskey Sampling & Cigar Bar, Fun with Hoops, and Celestial Caravan, a photo booth sponsored by The Flint Hills Group at Morgan Stanley. Artists Hallie Linnebur and Meghan Miller will transform participants with costumes and props and pose them in an early 20th century science-fiction scene to produce a one-of-a-kind souvenir photo.

“The continued growth of Autumn & Art reminds us all that the creative spirit is alive and well in Wichita,” said Clay Bastian, president of Fidelity Financial Corporation. “We are proud to support this inspiring celebration of artistic expression.”

Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair admission is free for the public, thanks to Patrons who support the event by purchasing a $100 Patron Ticket. Patrons enjoy a lavish opening night party sponsored by PixPro and The Bar’s Open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, with gourmet food; specialty wine, beer and spirits; a silent auction and wine pull; Patron gifts and Latin jazz by A Terra Plana. Patrons also get reserved parking and complimentary beverages throughout the weekend.

Friday night’s Patron Party silent auction features two premium center court seats to a 2015 WSU Men’s Basketball home game, tickets to concerts by the Foo Fighters and Asleep at the Wheel, passes to some of the area’s most popular galas, and more.

Art-themed family fun, coordinated by The Wichita Center for the Arts and sponsored by the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation will be offered Saturday and Sunday. Artie’s Clubhouse, a kids’-only gallery, offers artwork for a kid’s budget; a variety of free, hands-on art activities will be available at Artie’s Art Studio; and Artie’s Masterpiece Games give youngsters a chance to have fun while learning about classic artworks. In addition, paddle boat rides on Bradley Fair Lake will be back by popular demand.

Entertainment — from live music, dance and theater to art demonstrations — will be presented throughout the weekend. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available to enjoy on the parkway. Cuisine from Jason’s Deli, Outback Steakhouse and Il Vicino will be offered at the Culinary Pavilion.

“Once a year, a national-caliber fine-art show pops up along Bradley Fair Parkway, and thanks to our generous sponsors and Patrons, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the experience,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President/CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “Whether you’re browsing or buying, you can take in the beautiful artwork and enjoy music, food and drink, plus activities for all ages.”

At Autumn & Art, original works will be available in 11 artistic media, including jewelry, painting, glass, fiber, ceramics, photography and more. Exhibiting artists compete for cash awards totaling $7,500. The Legend Senior Living Patron Award will also be presented, based on evaluation by a sponsor team. Artists are invited to sell their work at the show after evaluation by a panel of expert jurors: Howard Ellington, executive director, Allen-Lambe House Museum; Rollin Karg, artist and owner of Karg Art Glass; Sherry Leedy, owner of Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City; and Patricia McDonnell, executive director of Wichita Art Museum.

Autumn & Art will be open 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20 on Bradley Fair Parkway, just east of Bradley Fair, which is located at Rock Road and 21st Street North. Autumn & Art Patron Tickets are available by calling Wichita Festivals at (316) 267-2817; online at AutumnandArt.com; or at the Bradley Fair Guest Services office, located next to Williams-Sonoma.

Fidelity Bank returns as presenting sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include Wichita Luxury Auto Group, Martin Pringle, The Flint Hills Group at Morgan Stanley, Grant Thornton LLP, IMA, Apricot Lane, the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation, Legend Senior Living, Trust Company of Kansas, J.P. Weigand, PixPro and The Bar’s Open.

Also partnering with Wichita Festivals, Inc. to produce the event are Wichita Center for the Arts, Newport Grill, RedRock Canyon Grill, YaYa’s EuroBistro, Tree Top Nursery, PrairieFire Coffee Roasters, RedGuard SiteBox, The Frame Shop, House of Schwan, Jacob Liquor, The Fresh Market, Docuplex, Hilton Garden Inn and Living Sound. Media partners for the event are Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeart Radio, Intake Studios, KAKEland, SPLURGE! and Visit Wichita.

Wichita Festivals welcomes volunteers who would like to help with Autumn & Art. For information about volunteering, contact Volunteer Coordinator Jill Massey at 267-2817 or jill@wichitafestivals.com. For more information about Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair or Wichita Festivals, Inc. contact Teri Mott, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

FINAL RIVERFEST DAY PACKED WITH RIVER EVENTS, MUSIC, FAMILY FUN
Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River and Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale to close week of fun

WICHITA, Kan., June 5, 2015Riverfest, Kansas’ largest community event, wraps up Saturday with a huge fireworks display, major concerts, great river events, family activities, contests and competitions, all free with a $10 admission button for adults or $3 button for kids ages 6 to 12.

“This year’s Riverfest has truly brought the community together to celebrate,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President and CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “With more than 300,000 attendees so far, we’ve had great crowds enjoying the concerts, hanging out in Ackerman’s Backyard, riding the Saint Francis Ferris Wheel, playing in Cox Kids Corner and sampling fun festival food.”

EVENTS FOR SATURDAY, June 6:

  • Kansas Health Foundation River Run, beginning at Waterman and Wichita, also sponsored by QuikTrip, GoRun Wichita, Machinist Union District 70, Meritrust, The Alley, Wichita Federal Credit Union, and the YMCA:
    • Pizza Hut/Taco Bell 10k, 7 a.m.
    • YMCA 2-mile Family Fun Walk, 8:30 a.m.
    • Meineke 2-mile Wheelchair, 9:25 a.m.
    • Meineke 2-mile race, 9:30 a.m.
    • Awards Ceremonies following each race
    • The Alley Finish Line Party, 7:30 to 11 a.m.
    • The Admiral’s Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Meritrust Tot Trot, 10:45 a.m.
  • Participatory events, including Softball Tournament, Soccer Tournament, Archery Tag, Pull My Rig and Paddle Battle kayak races
  • Over the Edge rappelling from the Ambassador Hotel, sponsored by Douglass Wealth Management Fidelity Bank, Hite, Fanning and Honeyman and The Law Company from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Complete details and sign up at overtheedgekansas.com.
  • Kansas Honor Flight Duck Deployment, sponsored by AFLAC, Douglas Street Bridge, noon
  • Alef’s Rumble by the River, noon – 5 p.m., at Main and Douglas
  • Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River Concert featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mayer Hawthorne, 2 – 10 p.m., Kennedy Plaza
  • Annual Funnel Cake Eating Contest at 3 p.m., Food Court Stage
  • Speedy Cash Grab from 4-7 p.m. at RedGuard Stage
  • Fiesta Del Rio concert starring Grupo Mojado, from 4-10 p.m. at RedGuard Stage
  • Kansas Lottery Second Chance Drawing, 6 p.m. at the Food Court Stage
  • CapFed Fireworks Finale begin at 10:30 p.m

SELECTED DAILY EVENTS:

  • Cox Kids Corner with kid-friendly rides, games, projects and activities
  • Ackerman’s Backyard performances, weekday happy hour specials, and activities, all with an unbeatable view of river events
  • St. Francis Ferris Wheel, with proceeds benefitting St. Francis Community Services’ foster care programs
  • Full STEAM Ahead tent with fun Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math projects for kids – organized by Make ICT, located in the Cox Kids Corner
  • Zipline ride, sponsored by Westar Energy, across the Arkansas River. Enter in Ackerman’s Backyard on the east side of river
  • Paddle Boats and Kayaks, on the Arkansas River beginning from the Hyatt Lawn
  • Kansas Lottery – Get your Tickets and Win! at the Festival Food Court
  • Wagonmasters River Tour, on the Arkansas River north of the Douglas Street Bridge
  • Helicopter Rides from the West Bank of the Arkansas River, north of the Douglas St. bridge
  • Bike valet services, brought to you by Bike Walk Wichita and Kansas Turnpike Authority, located in Ackerman’s Backyard. Ride to the fest and park your bike for free.

 The 44th Riverfest offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Admission buttons – $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 – are at local Dillon stores and QuikTrips. 2015 official Riverfest sponsors include Bud Light, Spot’s Party Bus, Decker Electric, RedGuard Site Box Storage, PraireLand Partners, Parr Sound & Lighting and Metro Courier.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

A SALUTE TO AVIATION HONORS CITY’S HERITAGE AND WORKERS
Riverfest fun continues Friday with flight-themed contests, displays and events; Flogging Molly on Kennedy Plaza

WICHITA, Kan., June 4, 2015Riverfest, Kansas’ largest community event, hosts A Salute to Aviation for the second year this Friday with a full day of events dedicated to Wichita’s rich aviation history. A Salute to Aviation pays special tribute to all things flight in the heart of the Air Capital of the World.

Starting at 11 a.m. Friday, A Salute to Aviation continues throughout the day with flight-themed activities, displays, and contests. Kennedy Plaza Stage will host Irish rock band Flogging Molly while the Neon Dance Party starring Four Color Zack will take over the RedGuard Stage. Presenting sponsors for the day include Spirit AeroSystems, Rusty Eck Ford, Learjet, Textron Aviation, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and Cox Machine.

A SALUTE TO AVIATION EVENTS:

  • Planes on the Plaza, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Kennedy Plaza
  • Fancyfoam Indoor Fly-In, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Century II Exhibition Hall
  • Fly Like an Eagle, presented by Nu-Trek Aircraft Instruments, Inc. Hop in a flight simulator a see how it feels to pilot a B-52 airplane from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Douglas Ave.
  • Rosie the Riveter Look-A-Like Contest, on the Kennedy Plaza Stage. Registration from 5 – 6:45 p.m. with judging beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Paper Airplane Drop, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Century II Exhibition Hall
  • Hot Air Balloons, sponsored by Meineke. An evening glow is planned at 6 p.m. just south of the RedGuard Stage, weather permitting
  • Wing Eating Contest, sponsored by Pizza Hut Wing Street, 7 – 8 p.m., Food Court Stage

The 44th Riverfest takes place Friday, May 29 through June 6 and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Riverfest admission buttons are available – $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 – at area Dillons and QuikTrip locations. 2015 official Riverfest sponsors include Bud Light, Spot’s Party Bus, Decker Electric, RedGuard SiteBox Storage, PraireLand Partners, Parr Sound & Lighting and Metro Courier.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (May 29- June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

A GREAT FIRST WEEKEND SETS UP WEEKDAY FUN AT RIVERFEST 2015

WICHITA, Kan., June 1, 2015 Riverfest, Kansas’ largest community event, continues this week with more thrilling events and concerts for all tastes, free with a $10 admission button for adults or $3 button for kids ages 6 to 12.

“More than 150,000 attendees had a great time during our first three days of Riverfest,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president/CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “While our fast-flowing river hasn’t permitted paddle boats and other small craft yet, locals and out-of-town visitors enjoyed our art-infused parade, great concerts, Cox Kids Corner activities, jet-ski races, zipline rides and river tours – all included free with their Riverfest buttons.”

“We look forward to more beautiful days, classic and new festival events, and performances that appeal to people of all ages and interests,” said Jarvis. “That’s the beauty of Riverfest – it brings us all together downtown and on our river.”

More than 100 festival events and attractions are outlined on wichitariverfest.com. Festival attendees can also access a full daily event schedule on their mobile devices.

EVENTS FOR TUESDAY, June 2:

  • Military Salute at 6 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, paying tribute to U.S. servicemembers, past and present
  • Americana Concert with Olds 97’s, brought to you by KMUW, 5 – 9:30 p.m. on RedGuard
  • Festival of Broadway, sponsored by Sandlian Realty, 6 – 9:30 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza

EVENTS FOR WEDNESDAY, June 3:

  • Case New Holland Buckaroo Buckarette Rodeo, 5 – 9 p.m. in Cox Kids Corner
  • Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, by Case New Holland, 5 – 9 p.m. at Cox Kids Corner
  • Wet n’ Wild Disco Dance Party featuring Village People, opening acts begin at 5 p.m. on the Kennedy Plaza stage.
  • Cowboy Concert featuring Riders in the Sky, begins at 5:30 p.m. on the RedGuard Stage
  • Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Social and Ice Cream Eating Contest, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Douglas and Water.

EVENTS FOR THURSDAY, June 4:

NOTE: Its Throwback Thursday! Celebrate Wichita’s history with this blast from the past. Wear a Riverfest button from any of our 44 years for free admission to the festival. Grab your best Riverfest flair, and show us your Wichita Pride! We’ll be randomly awarding prizes throughout the day.

  • Goodwill Cajun Food Fest, 5 – 8:30 p.m. on Kennedy Plaza. Brought to you by KWCH; American Culinary Federation, Wichita Chapter and USD 259 Food Production Center
  • War on 54: A Renegade Pinewood Derby, 5 – 8 p.m. on the RedGuard Stage. Brought to you by Boy Scouts of America – Quivira Council
  • KAKELand Touch-A-Truck, 5 – 8:30 p.m. on Waterman Street
  • Big Easy Concert with Charles Bradley, opening acts begin at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Plaza Stage. Presented by Riverfest Corporate Hosts.
  • Hot Air Ballons, sponsored by Meineke. Ballons will launch at 6 p.m. just south of the RedGuard Stage

SELECTED DAILY EVENTS:

  • Cox Kids Corner with kid-friendly rides, games, projects and activities
  • Ackerman’s Backyard performances, weekday happy hour specials, and activities, all with an unbeatable view of river events
  • Saint Francis Ferris Wheel, with proceeds benefitting Saint Francis Community Services’ foster care programs.
  • Full STEAM Ahead tent with fun Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math projects for kids – organized by Make ICT, located in the Cox Kids Corner
  • Zipline ride, sponsored by Westar Energy, across the Arkansas River. Enter in Ackerman’s Backyard on the east side of river
  • Kansas Lottery – Get your Tickets and Win! at the Festival Food Court
  • Wagonmasters River Tours free this year with your festival button, on the Arkansas River north of the Douglas Street Bridge
  • Helicopter Rides from the West Bank of the Arkansas River, north of the Douglas St. bridge
  • Bike valet services, brought to you by Bike Walk Wichita, IBEW and Kansas Turnpike Authority, located in Ackerman’s Backyard. Ride to the fest and park your bike for free.

The 44th Riverfest takes place Friday through June 6 and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Admission buttons – $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 – are at local Dillon stores and QuikTrips. 2015 official Riverfest sponsors include Bud Light, Spot’s Party Bus, Decker Electric, RedGuard SiteBox Storage, PraireLand Partners, Parr Sound & Lighting and Metro Courier.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (May 29- June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

GRAMMY-WINNER ERICA CAMPBELL HEADLINING RIVERFEST GOSPELFEST
Artist behind 2015 Gospel Album of the Year to Cap Off Night of Inspirational Performances

WICHITA, Kan., May 30, 2015Riverfest, Kansas’ largest community event, hosts its highly anticipated Gospelfest event Monday, featuring contemporary Gospel star and reality television actress, Erica Campbell. Gospelfest brings together local choirs and national talent for an evening of inspiring celebration.

In addition to her red-hot solo career, which this year garnered her a Grammy award for Gospel Album of the Year, Campbell is one half of acclaimed Gospel duo Mary Mary. The group has received 17 Stellar Awards, including 4 Group/Duo of the Year Awards. Mary Mary gained fame in 2000 following the release of their crossover hit single, “Shackles,” pioneering the emergence of urban contemporary gospel music.

Campbell’s two solo albums have both reached number 1 on the Billboard Gospel Charts, with popular tracks “I Luh God,” “Help” and “A Little More Jesus.” She is also known for her celebrated WE tv reality show Mary Mary.

Gospelfest, which begins at 5:15 p.m. on Riverfest’s Kennedy Plaza stage, is an evening of celebration showcasing local musicians and choirs, capped off by the national headliner.

“This is an exciting Gospelfest lineup,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “We’re showcasing exceptional talent – not only Ms. Campbell but also every local performer gracing our stage – and it’s all included with your Riverfest button.”

“Gospelfest has historically been one of Riverfest’s most cherished nights,” said Cameo Profit, music director for St. Mark Cathedral Church of God In Christ, who served on the Gospelfest planning committee and assembled the Mass Choir for Gospelfest 2015. We look forward to inspiring the whole community at this great event.”

This year’s local performers include The Dennis Family; Jay Thurston; Dynamic Revelators; TRU; Cameo Profit and 1 Way; Jermane and Friends; Dana Hemphill and a Mass Choir composed of singers from around the local faith community.

Presenting sponsors for the event include Spirit AeroSystems, Westar Energy and Cox Business. HealthCore Clinic and other local entities also helped fund the event, while promotional partners KMUW, Q92, Great Plains TV and The Community Voice have helped make both Gospel enthusiasts and all community members aware of the event. More information is available at the Riverfest Gospelfest page.

Other Gospelfest planners include Prisca Barnes and Kaye Monk-Morgan, members of Wichita Festivals’ Board of Directors; Ronda Kingwood of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church; and Wichita Festivals staff members. The Greater Wichita Ministerial League; Urban League of Kansas; St. Mark United Methodist Church; Real Men Real Heros; Tabernacle Bible, the Church without Walls; Greater Wichita Pan-Hellenic Council; Ebony S. Clemons Piano Studio; Wichita Chapter of LINKS, Inc.; The Kansas African American Museum; Progressive Missionary Baptist Church and Drs. Evies & Sharon Cranford have also supported the 2015 event.

The 44th Riverfest takes place Friday, May 29 through June 6 and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Riverfest admission buttons are available – $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 – at Dillons, QuikTrip and AAA locations. 2015 official Riverfest sponsors include Bud Light, Spot’s Party Bus, Decker Electric, RedGuard Site Box Storage, PraireLand Partners, Parr Sound & Lighting and Metro Courier.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (May 29- June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

THE 44TH WICHITA RIVERFEST SET TO BLAST OFF!

WICHITA, Kan., May 28, 2015Riverfest, Kansas’ largest community event, kicks off Friday with nine days of exhilarating concerts and activities designed to unite the community and celebrate Wichita’s rich history and talent. All this fun is available with a $10 admission button for adults. Children under five are admitted free to the festival; buttons for kids ages 6 to 12 are $3.

“Many exciting newer attractions are back at Riverfest,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc., “including the St. Francis Ferris Wheel, Cox Kids Corner, and our expanded area south of the Hyatt, including Cox Kids Corner and a 2nd main concert venue, the RedGuard Stage. Thanks to our sponsors – whose support makes Riverfest possible and affordable – favorites such as the Koch Twilight Pops Concert, Gospelfest and Festival of Broadway are returning this year, bookended by an opening-night fireworks show and the giant Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale on closing night.”

The 44th Riverfest – themed “Button Up. Have a Blast!” – features the most events and attractions in its history, all outlined on wichitariverfest.com. Festival attendees can also access a full daily event schedule and festival map on their mobile devices.

EVENTS RUNNING DAILY:

  • Sparkling Ice Food Court and BudLight Beer Garden, on and near Century II Drive
  • Cox Kids Corner with family-oriented rides, games, projects and activities
  • Ackerman’s Backyard activities, performances and weekday happy-hour drink specials, all with an unbeatable view of river events in A. Price Woodard Park
  • St. Francis Ferris Wheel, to benefit St. Francis Community Services’ foster care programs
  • Full STEAM Ahead tent in Cox Kids Corner with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math projects organized by MakeICT and Make Art in the Park run by the Wichita Center for the Arts
  • Zipline, sponsored by Westar Energy, across the Arkansas River. Enter in Ackerman’s Backyard.
  • Paddle Boats and Kayaks on the Arkansas River beginning from the Hyatt Lawn
  • Hope in the Valley Horse Rides at Cox Kids Corner
  • Mobile GameDen, a video gamer’s paradise, in Ackerman’s Backyard
  • Horseshoes open play and tournaments all week long
  • King of the Ring, west of Kennedy Plaza. Throw on a “bubble” and challenge your friends!
  • Kansas Lottery at the Sparkling Ice Food Court – Get your Tickets and Win!
  • Wagonmasters River Tours, on the Arkansas River by the Douglas Street Bridge
  • Helicopter Rides from the West Bank of the Arkansas River, north of the Douglas St. bridge
  • The Eagle Medallion Hunt, with daily clues in the Wichita Eagle, sponsored by Subaru of Wichita
  • Bike valet services, brought to you by Bike Walk Wichita and Kansas Turnpike Authority, located in Ackerman’s Backyard. Ride to the fest and park your bike for free!

EVENTS FOR FRIDAY, May 29:

  • Admiral’s Breakfast, the official opening of Riverfest, sponsored by Legacy Bank, 7:30 – 9 a.m. at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas.
  • Fancyfoam Indoor Fly-In, sponsored by Rans Designs and Matrix Wand, 11 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Century II Exhibition Hall
  • Safelite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade, 6:30 – 8 p.m., on N. Main, W. Douglas and N. Waco
  • Split Lip Rayfield, 8 – 10 p.m., on RedGuard stage
  • Koch Industries Twilight Pops Concert, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Kennedy Plaza stage. Featuring the Wichita Symphony Orchestra w/ special guest Karla Burns
  • Opening Night Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

EVENTS FOR SATURDAY, May 30:

  • Softball Tournament, 9 a.m. at Southlakes Softball Complex, 5301 S. Meridian
  • Soccer Tournament, 9 a.m. at Stryker Soccer Complex, 2999 N. Greenwich
  • Arkansas River Coalition Canoe Rides, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on under the Maple St. bridge
  • I Bike Douglas tours, organized by Bike Walk Wichita, 11 a.m. – noon beginning at Bike Valet
  • Toy Trains by Wichita Toy Train Club and Museum, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Cox Kids Corner
  • World Record Attempt: Longest Line of Bicycles, at noon – 1 p.m. at RedGuard South Stage
  • Dodgeball tournament, 2 – 4 p.m.at RedGuard South Stage
  • Jet Ski Racing, 3 – 9 p.m. on the Arkansas River, sponsored by McGavock Nissan
  • Funk/soul/rock concert featuring Robert Randolph and the Family Band, 3 – 10 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza, sponsored by Don Hattan Chevrolet
  • Red Dirt Concert with Kyle Park, 3 – 10 p.m. at RedGuard Stage

EVENTS FOR SUNDAY, May 31:

  • Jet Ski Racing, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Arkansas River, sponsored by McGavock Nissan
  • Botanica Butterfly Festival, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Botanica, 701 N. Amidon
  • Toy Trains by Wichita Toy Train Club and Museum, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Cox Kids Corner
  • Celebrity Egg Toss, noon near the Sparking Ice Food Court
  • Riverfest Marketplace and Health Fair, noon – 7 p.m. on Douglas Ave., west of Main St.
  • Play at Riverfest: It Plays to Read!, 1 – 4 p.m. at Central Library West Lawn
  • Admirals Armada, 1 – 5 p.m. at Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
  • Cruise-In with Blacktop Nationals, 1 – 5 p.m. at Main St. and Waterman
  • Roller Derby Exhibition, 2 – 4 p.m. on Waterman Street, by ICT Roller Girls
  • Cardboard Regatta, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on the Arkansas River at Douglas St. bridge
  • Opera Kansas, on Star Lumber Floating Stage in Ackerman’s Backyard at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Arkansas River Coalition Canoe Rides, 3:30 – 8:30 p.m., under the Maple St. bridge
  • Coleman Country Concert with Easton Corbin, 4 – 9:45 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza Stage
  • Hip Hop Showcase, 4 – 10 p.m. at RedGuard South Stage

The 44th Riverfest takes place Friday through June 6 and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Admission buttons – $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 – are at local Dillon stores and QuikTrips. 2015 official Riverfest sponsors include Bud Light, Spot’s Party Bus, Decker Electric, RedGuard SiteBox storage, PraireLand Partners, Parr Sound & Lighting and Metro Courier.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by WFI are Riverfest (and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

READY FOR BLAST-OFF! RIVERFEST BUTTONS NOW AT RETAIL OUTLETS
More than 28,000 buttons already purchased as community gears up for its largest annual event

May 8, 2015 – WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. held a Riverfest 2015 “sneak peak” event today in Old Town, marking the beginning of retail sales of Riverfest buttons, which grant admission to the nine-day festival, set for May 29 through June 6.

At today’s event, the community was treated to music from this year’s concert headliners, samples of food and beverages – including craft beers from House of Schwan, Sparkling Ice, and tasty festival treats – that will be offered at Riverfest. The event also featured Admiral Windwagon Smith XLII, Mike Greene and the 2015 Prairie Schooner Mates, as well as giveaways and balloon art pivoting off this year’s Riverfest theme, “Button Up. Have a Blast!” and the button design of local artist, Roger Strunk.

“More than 25,000 adult buttons, plus nearly 3,000 kids’ buttons, have already been purchased,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals. “We’ve talked to so many community members who were not only eager to take advantage of the early-bird savings, but also really excited about this year’s festival and all the great events and entertainment planned for it.”

Now through June 6, Riverfest buttons are available at area Dillons and QuikTrip stores. Riverfest offers two types of buttons: a $10 adult button and a $3 child button, for kids ages 6 to 12. Children 5 years and younger are admitted to the festival free of charge.

Among 21 new Riverfest events for 2015 are the Boy Scouts’ Over the Edge fundraiser; Kansas Honor Flight’s Duck Deployment; Archery Tag; Human Foosball; a weekday Farmer’s Market; and the Wet Your Pallet Raft Race, created in response to the public’s call for a return of the Riverfest Raft Races of past years.

A second fireworks show has been added, so attendees can thrill to pyrotechnics after the SafeLite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade and the Koch Industries Twilight Pops concert on opening night and come back on closing night for the Capitol Federal Fireworks finale.

A Salute to Aviation (presented by the City of Wichita, Bombardier Learjet, IBEW Local 271, Rusty Eck Ford, Spirit AeroSystems and Textron Aviation), Meineke hot air balloons, Ackerman’s Backyard, Full STEAM Ahead and the St. Francis Ferris Wheel are just a few of the features that debuted or returned in 2014 and are back by popular demand. A significantly increased number of participatory and athletic events are planned for individuals and teams, such as pickle ball, bubble soccer and the return of Riverfest Horseshoes.

Many festival favorites will return, including Cox Kids Corner, Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Social, Goodwill Industries Cajun Food Fest, Case New Holland Buckaroo/Buckarette Rodeo, and KAKE Touch A Truck, to name a few.

This year’s button will serve as the ticket to all Riverfest concerts, including the Koch Industries Twilight Pops, Robert Randolph & The Family Band (presented by Don Hattan Chevrolet), Coleman Country Concert with Easton Corbin, 7 Clans First Council’s Wet & Wild Disco Dance Party with The Village People, Gospelfest starring Erica Campbell (presented by Spirit AeroSystems, Cox Business and Westar Energy), Old 97s, Riders in the Sky, Festival of Broadway with Music Theatre Wichita, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Flogging Molly, Westar Energy’s Fiesta del Rio and the Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River concert starring DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mayer Hawthorne.

More than 75 local and regional bands will also perform at the festival, either as opening acts on the Kennedy Plaza and RedGuard main stages, or on the Star Lumber Floating Stage and the Sparkling Ice Food Court Stage.

In addition to nine days of festival fun, Riverfest 2015 buttons also come with a number of perks and discounts, including free or reduced admission to a number of area museums and attractions – including Botanica, Exploration Place, Kansas African American Museum, Kansas Aviation Museum, Mid-America All-Indian Center, Old Cowtown Museum, Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum – for visitors wearing a Riverfest button.

“At $10 for nine days of concerts, events and fun – as well as discounts on area attractions – a Riverfest buttons are still the best entertainment deal around,” said Jarvis. “When is the last time you saw a national headliner in concert for $10?”

Admiral Windwagon Smith XLII Mike Greene reminded attendees about WFI’s Celebrations for a Cause program, which makes it possible for worthy citizens, who may not otherwise have the chance, to attend Riverfest. Generous business and individuals donors purchase buttons, allowing service organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Wichita Children’s Home to share the fun of Riverfest with the families they serve. Grene Vision Group and Meineke Car Care Centers have galvanized Wichita Festivals’ Celebrations for a Cause campaign, donating 1,000 Riverfest buttons each and challenging the community to welcome those served by local charities to Riverfest. Donors can contribute at WichitaRiverfest.com.

For more information about Riverfest 2015, contact Teri Mott, at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

Special thanks to official Riverfest sponsors: Bud Light, Decker Electric, Metro Courier, Parr Sound & Lighting, PrairieLand Partners, RedGuard SiteBox and Spot’s Party Bus.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (May 29- June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

EMMY-WINNER WAYNE WHITE IS FIRST RIVERFEST ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

White to work with local artists, create large-scale puppets for Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade

WICHITA, Kan., May 1, 2015 – Wichita Festivals, Inc.(WFI) and Harvester Arts announced today they are partnering with Ulrich Museum of Art and Wichita State University School of Art, WayneDesign and Creative Industries (WSU SADCI) to create an artist’s residency in collaboration with Riverfest 2015 with Emmy and Billboard award-winning artist, Wayne White.

Among other events during the 10-day residency, White will work with local artists to build several large-scale puppets for  Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade and conduct public mask-making workshops for anyone interested in walking with him in the parade.

Best known for his set and puppet designs for “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” for which he won three Emmy awards, White also voiced characters on the show. His other television credits include production and set design for “Shining Time Station,” “Riders in the Sky,” “The Weird Al Show,” and “Beakman’s World.” White was also art director of two seminal music videos, Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” in 1986, for which he won a Billboard award for best art direction in a music video, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight,” for which he designed the Georges Méliès-inspired sets in 1996.

“Wayne White is a creative rock star,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc., “and thanks to great collaboration by local arts organizations and a broad range of generous supporters, everyone will get to experience his unique and engaging art, just for the price of a Riverfest button.”

“Here at the Ulrich we believe that today’s art matters, so it’s a natural extension for us to support this residency,” said Bob Workman, director of the Ulrich Museum of Art. “We really look forward to presenting some of the results of Wayne’s workshops here at the Ulrich Underground in June. We are so fortunate to live in a community with dynamic arts organizations, and Harvester and WFI are bringing important programming to enrich us all.”

Kristin Beal, co-founder and COO of Harvester Arts, has worked as a creative consultant for the Riverfest parade since 2013. Beal approached Ann Keefer, Wichita Festivals’ vice president of program development with the idea of an artist residency that coincided with the Sundown Parade.

“We aim to make the Sundown Parade – with its vast audience of more than 40,000 attendees – an annual arts destination and a showcase for the ephemeral, experimental, creative and cultured experiences our community has to offer,” said Beal.
Mimi Pond, Wayne White’s spouse, will also be in residence. A creative force in her own right, Pond will give an artist talk and do a book signing at Watermark Books.

Author of the first full-length broadcast episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” in 1989, Pond was nominated for two Emmy awards. Her cartoons and illustrations have been published in National Lampoon, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Adweek, and others. She is the author and illustrator of five books and currently contributes to the Los Angeles Times. Pond won the PEN Center USA award for Graphic Literature Outstanding Body of Work, with a special mention for her 2014 graphic novel, Over Easy, for Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly.

“The School of Art, Design and Creative Industries at Wichita State University values creative partnerships with organizations and artists in our community and around the world,” said Dr. Royce W. Smith, director of WSU SADCI. “Our collaborative venture with Harvester Arts and WFI to bring Wayne White and Mimi Pond to Wichita demonstrates the excitement that can be generated in the art world when we work together—campus and community.”

Riverfest Artist’s Residency with Wayne White: Event Schedule
Thursday, May 21:
7 p.m.: Film screening of “Beauty is Embarrassing,” a biographical documentary about Wayne White directed by Neil Berkeley and winner of Tallgrass Film Festival’s Audience Award in 2012. Presented in conjunction with Tallgrass Film Association at Wichita Center for the Arts. A Q&A with the artist will take place after the show. $15 general admission/$10 students
Sunday, May 24: 
1-3:30 p.m.:  Mask-making workshop, Harvester Arts. $35 General public/$20 Students
Monday, May 25:    
7 p.m.:    Artist’s Talk with Wayne White, Abode Venue. Free, but RSVPs are recommended.
Tuesday, May 26:   wayne white
1-3:30 p.m.: Mask-making workshop conducted by Wayne White, Harvester Arts. $35 General public/$20 Students  Sponsored by Lucinda’s
5-7:30 p.m.: Mask-making workshop conducted by Wayne White, Harvester Arts. $35 General public/$20 Students   Sponsored by The Arts Council
Thursday, May 28:
4:30 p.m.: Mimi Pond author/artist talk and book-signing at Watermark Books. Free, but RSVPs are recommended.
Friday, May 29: 
6:30 p.m.: Puppets debut at Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade at Riverfest 2015. Riverfest buttons are $5 for adults through May 7 at SelectaSeat.com; Intrust Bank Arena Box Office, 500 S. Waterman; and Wichita Festivals, 444 E. William. Adult buttons are $10 starting May 8 at area Dillons and QT stores.

Tickets for all events are available online at EventBrite.com (search Wayne White at Riverfest) or call (316) 267-2817. RSVPs are required for paid events and recommended for free events.

Sponsors for the Riverfest Artist Residency with Wayne White include Harvester Arts; Ulrich Museum of Art; Wichita State University School of Art, Design and Creative Industries; Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission; Lucinda’s; Abode Venue; Watermark Books; WaterWalk Hotel & Apartments; Tallgrass Film Association; Wichita Center for the Arts; and The Arts Council. For more information, contact Kristin Beal at harvesterarts@gmail.com.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (May 29- June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015).

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

LEAD DONORS HELPING RIVERFEST INCLUDE CHILDREN, FAMILIES IN NEED

Grene Vision Group, Meineke Challenge Area Businesses to Support Celebrations for a Cause Campaign

WICHITA, Kan., April 27, 2015 – Grene Vision Group and Meineke Car Care Centers have galvanized Wichita Festivals’ Celebrations for a Cause campaign, donating 1,000 Riverfest buttons each and challenging the community to welcome those served by local charities to Riverfest.

Celebrations for a Cause logoCelebrations for a Cause was reintroduced in 2013 as part of an effort to ensure Riverfest would be an inclusive community event. Businesses and individuals can purchase extra Riverfest buttons to be donated to local nonprofits for distribution to their families and clients.

“These generous lead donors have given us a tremendous boost as we try to include in Riverfest as many as 5,000 worthy citizens who might otherwise have missed out on their community’s most unifying event,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc.

“We are delighted to be a part of this caring community, and we want to help ensure everyone gets to enjoy the wonderful entertainment and cultural events of Riverfest,” said Kayli Smith, COO Grene Vision Group.

“As a locally owned company in the Wichita and Hutchinson area, we believe it’s important to invest in our community. Being able to assist others is something that is part of our core values, and Riverfest gives us a wonderful opportunity to give back,” said Steve Blasdel, president, Meineke Car Care Centers. “My own background is in the non-profit sector, and whatever we can do to help these giving organizations and the people they serve be a part of the festival is a lasting investment in Wichita.”

In the past two years, agencies including the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Catholic Charities, DUI Victims Center of Kansas, Envision, Kansas Humane Society, KETCH, Starkey, the Wichita Children’s Home and area churches have received buttons. “Support of generous donors and area businesses will allow us to host them for special activities and let them enjoy nine days of fun together with the rest of our community,” said Jarvis.

Donors may give online at wichitariverfest.com or wichitafestivals.com or by calling Wichita Festivals at 267-2817.

The nine-day festival takes place May 29 through June 6 in downtown Wichita. Celebrating its 44th year, the festival offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages, including concerts, sports activities, fireworks, the Cox Kids’ Corner and much more. Riverfest admission buttons are available now for the early-bird price of $5 for adults at the INTRUST Bank Arena box office and at Wichita Festivals’ office at 444 E. William. Beginning May 8th, retail buttons – at $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 – will be available at local QuikTrip, Dillons and other locations.

Special thanks to official Riverfest sponsors: Bud Light, Decker Electric, Metro Courier, Parr Sound & Lighting, PrairieLand Partners, RedGuard and SiteBox, and Spot’s Party Bus.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (May 29- June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015). For more information, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

MERITRUST TOT TROT 2015 ARTWORK COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

WICHITA, Kan., April 24, 2015 – Wichita Festivals, Inc. (WFI), parent organization of Riverfest, announced the winner of the Meritrust Tot Trot Artwork Competition today at an assembly held at Seltzer Elementary School. Second grader Jony Dang from Seltzer was named overall winner of the competition.More than 1,350 contest entries were received from Kindergartners, 1st and 2nd graders representing ten area public and parochial schools. Jony’s design will be featured on the T-shirt provided to each Meritrust Tot Trot entrant. The Meritrust Tot Trot is a component of the Kansas Health Foundation River Run, a signature event of Riverfest.

Jony received a $50 gift certificate as well as a framed t-shirt of her winning design. Art instructor Marcia Scurfield received a $100 gift certificate as well as a framed T-shirt. Each of Jony’s classmates received a complimentary Meritrust Tot Trot entry. Colvin Elementary won a $400 prize for most entries in the competition (Amy Lawson/Shannon Bohm). Second place winner was Seltzer Elementary (Marcia Scurfield), and third place went to Spaght (Ashley Reid).

Individual winners in each grade division also win prizes; 1st place winners won a $50 gift certificate, 2nd place winners received a $25 gift certificate, and 3rd place winners received a $10 gift certificate. Division competition winners are as follows:

2nd Grade
• 1st Place – Ann Hoang (Seltzer)tot winner
• 2nd Place – Carman Quang  (Seltzer)
• 3rd Place – Kirsten Nguyen (St. Francis of Assisi)

1st Grade
• 1st Place – Caitlin Jorgensen (McLean Science & Technology Magnet)
• 2nd Place – Ashley Portillo (Horace Mann)
• 3rd Place – Amy Curtis (Seltzer)

Kindergarten
• 1st Place – Isabella Walter (St. Francis of Assisi)
• 2nd Place – Zoe Hollinger (McLean Science & Technology Magnet)
• 3rd Place – Holly Killingsworth (College Hill)

Tot Trot, an official Riverfest event, is sponsored by Meritrust Credit Union. The event is a fun run for children aged two to seven, where everyone who crosses the finish line receives a medallion. The Meritrust Tot Trot will begin at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, June 6 on the Maple Street Bridge in downtown Wichita. Registrants receive an event T-shirt and Riverfest button. Registration is currently taking place online at RiverRunWichita.com and is available onsite the day of the event.

Special thanks to official Riverfest sponsors: Bud Light, Decker Electric, Metro Courier, Parr Sound & Lighting, PrairieLand Partners, RedGuard SiteBox, Spot’s Party Bus.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (May 29- June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

GREENE REVEALED AS ADMIRAL WINDWAGON SMITH XLII, AMBASSADOR FOR RIVERFEST 2015

Admiral's pic 2015_cropped44th Riverfest to include robust concert line-up, two fireworks shows, increased river and participatory events, more!

March 12, 2015 — WICHITA, Kan.— During a press conference today at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, Wichita
Festivals, Inc. announced Mike Greene as Admiral Windwagon Smith XLII and shared elements of Riverfest 2015.

“Mike is a perfect person to represent all those who are behind this great event to the broader community,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president and CEO of WFI. “He has dedicated tremendous energy to Riverfest, and his love for the festival shines through everything he’s done as a partner and a volunteer for so many years.”

Greene, who retired from the City of Wichita Public Works Engineering Division in 2010, has been a supporter of Riverfest and Wichita Festivals for 16 years. He has served in a number of capacities, including as the festival’s general chair in 2004 and 2012 and chair of the WFI Board of Directors in 2006-07. Greene has been on the Operations Committee since 1998 and won the Volunteer of the Year award in 2004.

“I am looking forward to my role as this year’s Admiral,” said Greene. “To be the face and ambassador for this Festival is a dream come true. I am honored to serve in this capacity as it will allow me to give back to this community which has blessed me with so much.

“Riverfest could not happen without the thousands of volunteers who sell buttons and food court tickets, run the zipline and river activities, construct the various areas for festival events, and do countless other tasks,” said Greene. “Volunteering has always been a tremendous amount of fun for me, but I cannot thank the dedicated volunteers enough for all they do in making Riverfest the best event in Kansas,” he said.

As the official ambassador of Riverfest 2015, Greene will visit children in local hospitals, speak to Wichita civic organizations and help host dozens of events during the nine days of Riverfest, May 29-June 6. He will be assisted by the 2015 Prairie Schooner Mates, who he introduced at today’s event. These high school juniors are selected by their schools to be youth ambassadors for Riverfest.

In addition to revealing the admiral’s identity, Jarvis also shared some news items for Riverfest 2015:
• A reminder about early-bird button sales, which offer the Riverfest adult button for $5 through May 7.
• The robust concert line-up, featuring more than 20 nationally-known headliners, dozens of local and regional acts,
the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and performers from area professional theaters.
• An increase in river events due to popular demand: Wet Your Pallet Raft Race; Kansas Honor Flight Duck
Deployment; Cardboard Regatta; Paddle Battle; Jet Ski Races, which will be moving to a late
afternoon/evening schedule; paddle boats; and the Wagonmasters Waterwagon Tours.
• Two fireworks shows: a brief show on opening night which will include the cannons and the carillon bells
coordinated with WSO’s performance of the 1812 Overture, and the Capitol Federal Fireworks, an extended
aerial pyrotechnic display after the Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River concert closing night.
• New participatory events: Over the Edge rappelling challenge and War on 54, a renegade pinewood race, both
presented by the Boys Scouts of America/Quivira Council; Genesis Foundation Pull My Rig; River Vault presented by Shocker Track Club; a Soccer Tournament presented by the City of Wichita in addition to the Softball Tournament they traditionally host; the return of Riverfest Horseshoes; and Learn & Play presented by Wichita Duplicate Bridge Club.

“Riverfest belongs to everyone in this community,” said Jarvis. We’ve heard loud and clear that Wichita wants an event we can all be proud of, with great concerts, lots of river activities, fun food and drink, robust programming for people of all ages and walks of life, and a safe atmosphere to enjoy with your friends and neighbors. Thanks to our great partners and supporters, we’re excited to bring exactly that here in a few weeks.”

Other new Riverfest events will join returning favorites, such as the Koch Industries Twilight Pops concert on opening night; Meineke Hot Air Balloons; the Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Social; the Kansas Health Foundation River Run race series, set for Saturday, June 6; and many more. Two special days are planned: A Salute to Aviation on Friday, June 5 and Throwback Thursday which offers free admission on June 4 to attendees wearing any Riverfest button from the past. The festival will close on June 6 with the Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River concert starring Mayer Hawthorne with opening act DJ Jazzy Jeff. The Capitol Federal Fireworks will end the nine-day festival with a bang, directly following the concert and Starlight Flotilla.

New Riverfest partners include: Safelite Auto Glass, sponsor of the Sundown Parade; Sparkling Ice, Festival Food Court sponsor; McGavock Nissan, sponsor of the Jet Ski races; RedGuard/Site Box, sponsor of the RedGuard Stage; Hyatt Regency Wichita, sponsor of the Admiral’s Reveal and Riverfest VIP Party; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, River Run medallion sponsor; Spots Party Bus, official party bus; Young Life, sponsor of Dodgeball; Doctors Express Urgent Care, sponsor of Children’s Theatre of Wichita; Cox Machine; Kansas Turnpike Authority; Sedgwick Plaza; and Southwestern College.

Riverfest headliner concerts will be on both the Kennedy Plaza and RedGuard stages throughout the festival. There will also be musical performances on the Star Lumber Floating Stage, on the Arkansas River in A. Price Woodard Park, and the stage adjacent to the Sparkling Ice Food Court, on Century II drive.

Admission to all Riverfest concerts is free with a Riverfest button. Adult buttons are $10, and children’s buttons (available while supplies last for kids ages 6-12) are $3. Adult buttons are available at an earlybird discount price of $5 via preorder at SelectASeat.com, and in person April 17-May 7 at Intrust Bank Arena Box Office, 500 E. Waterman, and Wichita Festivals, 444 E. William. Full-price buttons will be available at the same locations as well as at major button retailors (Dillons and QuikTrip) beginning May 8.

Here are this year’s Prairie Schooner Mates:
Cody Adams, Maize High School
MIke and schooniesKaty Aycock, Bishop Carroll
Abbagail Blick, Wichita High School West
Kaylee Clark, Wichita Northwest High School
Parker Cyrier, Andover High School
Dillon Engelbrecht, Eisenhower High School
Ashley Farmer, Metro Meridian
Conrad Fletcher, Derby High School
Katie Gann, Kapaun Mt. Carmel
Kaylee Grant, Andover Central High School
Paige Grey, Wichita High School Southeast
Claire Kirkland, Valley Center High School
Allie Lindwall, Wichita Collegiate
Sarah Mayer, The Independent School
Mary Miller, Campus High School
Pierce Mobley, Wichita High School South
Paola Ramirez, Wichita High School North
Malcolm Roberts, Cheney High
Caleb Soliday, Northeast Magnet
Alexandra Stamps, Trinity Academy
Grant Sutter, Metro Boulevard
Marquez Thomas, Wichita High School Southeast
Hallee Thompson, Wichita High School Heights
Hannah Tobias, Wichita High School East

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (May 29- June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.
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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

MUSIC HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED FOR RIVERFEST 2015
The diverse line-up of concerts are all free with a Riverfest button

March 10, 2015 - WICHITA, Kan.–Wichita Festivals has released the Riverfest 2015 concert headliners, an array of national stars and diverse talents festivalgoers can enjoy for just the price of a Riverfest button.

The festival will kick off on Friday, May 29 with a longtime tradition—Koch Twilight Pops Concert featuring the Wichita Symphony Orchestra on Kennedy Plaza—directly following the Sundown Parade. Locally grown, nationally known alt-country rockers Split Lip Rayfield will perform on the RedGuard Stage adjacent to the Wichita Boathouse that night.

On Saturday, May 30, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and The 44’s will open for acclaimed steel guitarist Robert Randolph & the Family Band who will bring their fusion of blues, rock and soul to the Kennedy Plaza Stage. Red Dirt Country artist Kyle Park will perform on the RedGuard Stage.

The Coleman Country Concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, and stars Easton Corbin who has produced four-top ten country songs (including two #1 hits) since his debut in 2009. His latest album, “It’s About to Get Real” will be released in late March.

Vocalist Erica Campbell of gospel duo Mary Mary and 2015 Grammy Gospel Artist of the Year, will headline Gospelfest on Monday, June 1 following performances by community choirs and other regional artists on the Kennedy Plaza Stage.

Tuesday, June 2 will see the return of “Festival of Broadway” to Kennedy Plaza, featuring performances by Music Theatre Wichita, Roxy’s Downtown and Mosley Street Melodrama.

Disco legends the Village People will headline the Wet & Wild Disco Party on Wednesday, June 3. This multi-generational dance party will feature a variety of water elements to beat the heat, and stars the six-man vocal group who topped the charts with “YMCA” in 1979. At the RedGuard Stage, Riders in the Sky will delight fans of all ages with their special brand of cowboy music and comedy.

The Monophonics will open for Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at the Big Easy Concert on Thursday, June 4, which takes place during and after the Goodwill Industries Cajun Food Fest on Kennedy Plaza. Funk/soul/R&B artist Bradley is frequently compared to Otis Redding and James Brown in popular music publications.

On June 5, high-energy Celtic rockers Flogging Molly will headline the Indie Showcase on Kennedy Plaza with opening act The Devil Makes Three. On the RedGuard Stage, The Neon Dance Party will feature Los Angeles-based Four Color Zack, winner of the 2012 Red Bull Thre3style World DJ Championships.

Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River concert kicks off the finale of Riverfest 2015 at Kennedy Plaza on Saturday, June 6 with performances by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mayer Hawthorne, a Grammy-nominated pop singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer whose latest release, Tuxedo,” debuted on March 3. Fiesta del Rio, featuring Grupo Mojado, will take place on the RedGuard Stage, also on closing night. The Capitol Federal Fireworks will close the festival with a bang following the concerts.

A number of local and regional acts also will perform at Riverfest 2015, including Cherokee Maidens, O’Phil, KOPECKY, Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy, DJ Carbon, Big Red Horse, Brandon Lane Band, Tony Ngo, Corriander, Mountain Deer Revival, Adam Capps & The Dirt Road Drifters, DJ Tight Pants, Nouveau Quintette and many others. In addition to the Kennedy Plaza and RedGuard stages, the Sparkling Ice Food Court Stage and Star Lumber Floating Stage at A. Price Woodard Park will be activated throughout the festival.

Admission to all Riverfest concerts is free with a Riverfest button. Adult buttons are $10, and children’s buttons (available while supplies last for kids ages 6-12) are $3. Adult buttons are available at an early bird discount price of $5 via preorder at SelectASeat.com, and in person April 17-May 7 at Intrust Bank Arena Box Office, 500 E. Waterman, and Wichita Festivals, 444 E. Willam. Full-price buttons will be available at the same locations as well as at major button retailors (Dillons and QuikTrip) beginning May 8.

Media partners for Riverfest 2015 include 104.5 The Fox, 99.7 Lite FM, Alt 107.3, B98FM, BOB FM, The Bull, The Buzz, Channel 963, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Community Voice, CW, F5, FOX Kansas, Intake Studios, KAKEland, KEYN, KFDI, KFH, KGSO, KMUW, KNSS, KQAM, KSN, KWCH, Liberty Press, POWER 93.5, Radio Lobo, Splurge!, T95, Visit Wichita, Wichita magazine and The Wolf.

Riverfest 2015 Official Sponsors include: Bud Light, Metro Courier, Parr Sound & Lighting, PrairieLand Partners and RedGuard.

About Wichita Festivals, Inc.: Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (May 29- June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc.
444 E. William
Wichita, KS 67202

Contact:
Teri Mott
Director of Marketing & Communication
Phone: (316) 267-2817, Ext. 22
teri@wichitafestivals.com

COMMUNITY INVITED TO ‘BUTTON UP. HAVE A BLAST!’ AT RIVERFEST 2015
Iconic button and poster artwork unveiled; 2015 festival sneak peek includes button-price news

February 13, 2015—WICHITA, Kan.—Wichita Festivals, Inc. today revealed the iconic artwork for Riverfest 2015 and offered a sneak peek at the upcoming festival at a press event at Emprise Bank, sponsor of the 2015 artwork contest.

Wichita-based artist Roger Strunk won this year’s button and poster artwork competition with his interpretation of Admiral Windwagon Smith as an astronaut with the Wichita skyline in the background to capture this year’s theme, “Button Up. Have a Blast!”

“Roger’s clever design combines a fun, retro feel with an energetic spirit that embodies Riverfest and our community,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President/CEO of Wichita Festivals. “His poster and buttons will be a wonderful way to invite citizens and visitors to ‘Button Up. Have a Blast!’ at Riverfest 2015.”

The astronaut Admiral and his corndog-wielding turtle sidekick, Ace, will adorn advertisements and merchandise and invite festival-goers to the largest community celebration in the state of Kansas: Riverfest 2015, May 29-June 6. A version of the poster artwork will be featured on the adult button. The child’s button, which was introduced for kids 6-12 in 2013, will feature Ace. (As always, children 5 years old and younger get into the festival for free.)

Jarvis also announced that for this first time in nearly a decade, the cost of the adult admission button will increase. Beginning May 8th, the adult button price will move to $10. The price for the popular child’s button will stay at $3. Before that date, adult buttons will be offered for an early-bird pricing will make the adult button available for $5.

“Since 2006, the entertainment industry has changed and event costs are way up. Rather than scaling back our efforts or putting attendees and our volunteers through multiple price increases in the next few years, we’re looking to the future, planning for a high-caliber event, and asking folks to pay just a little more than a dollar a day to enjoy it,” said Jarvis. “We’re a non-profit, and we want Riverfest to be as inclusive and affordable as possible. At the same time, we have to be able generate enough revenue to produce events worthy of support and pride. Our generous local sponsors are doing what they can, but it takes the support of both sponsors and attendees to produce great events in a safe environment. It’s still the best entertainment value around, but if $3 for kids and $10 for adults is a challenge for some folks, we really hope they’ll take advantage of our early-bird discount so they can still join their neighbors at Riverfest,” Jarvis said.

Buttons are offered at the early-bird price now through May 7 online at selectaseat.com or by calling Select-A-Seat at (855) 755-SEAT. Attendees can purchase early-bird buttons in person at the Select-A-Seat box office at Intrust Bank Arena or at the Wichita Festivals office April 17-May 7. Starting May 8, full-price buttons will be available at button retail outlets, including Dillons and QuikTrip.

Highlights of the 2015 festival were also revealed. “A robust schedule of concert headliners is planned for our two main stages at Kennedy Plaza and WaterWalk, including classic disco act the Village People. Our Kansas Health Foundation River Run race series will move to the second Saturday of the festival,” Jarvis said. “Capitol Federal’s large fireworks show will move to closing night to provide an even more impressive finale to the festival. Meineke hot air balloons and Ackerman’s Backyard will be back by popular demand, and Treasure Island, a favorite with the young set, will return this year,” said Jarvis.

A freelance graphic designer and illustrator, contest-winner Strunk graduated with honors from Wichita State University in 2011, receiving a BFA with an emphasis in graphic design, following years of work as20150213_111521 an independent contractor in the construction industry. The artist has since been commissioned by clients and agencies on an international level, creating work for well-known brands such as Google, eBay, and Popular Mechanics, along with work done closer to home for local and regional small businesses.

“When I heard that “Button Up. Have a Blast!” was the theme this year, my mind first went to spaceships, but I reeled it back in and started thinking about things directly tied to the festival experience–things like fireworks blasting off,” said Strunk. “How does the button figure into this? It struck me that someone in a jetpack could be pushing a button to blast off. I figured something resembling the actual festival buttons could buckle them into the jetpack! So that’s how I arrived at the Admiral Windwagon Smith, donning a flight suit and helmet, blasting off in a jetpack down the river, which is depicted in a way that might also bring to mind an aircraft runway. In addition to addressing the theme and the spirit of Riverfest 2015, I thought this concept would be a nice tip of the hat to the aviation industry and the Air Force, which have strong cultural ties and history with Wichita on the whole.”

A team of design professionals judged the competition and selected Strunks’s design from twenty-three submissions. Representatives of Emprise Bank, the sponsor of the 2015 Artwork Contest, and Docuplex, sponsor of the 2015 Riverfest poster, presented Strunk with the $3,500 award for his winning design.

The Riverfest 2015 concert line-up will be released in upcoming weeks via Facebook, Twitter and Riverfest’s many media partners. Discounted early bird registration for Kansas Health Foundation River Run has begun and will continue through Feb. 28.

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Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (May 29- June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 18-20, 2015).

A digital press kit containing the 2015 artwork, more about the artist, and this press release is available at WichitaRiverfest.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 21, 2014

Wichita Festivals Announces Board Officers and New Members

WICHITA, Kan. – New officers and directors today began terms on the volunteer leadership team of Wichita Festivals, Inc., which organizes community events, including Riverfest and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair.

Chris Goebel, chairman and CEO of Star Lumber & Supply Co., Inc., is chairman of the WFI board for the 2014-2015 board year. Esther Headley, president of The Research Partnership, is chair-elect. The board secretary is Jennifer Magana, Deputy Sedgwick County Counselor. Alan Howarter vice president, Vess Oil Corporation, is the organization’s treasurer. Kaye Monk-Morgan, Upward Bound director at Wichita State University, is the board’s immediate past chair.

New board members elected to their first three-year terms as directors include Craig Burns, Security 1st Title Company; D.J. Fulton, Grene Vision Group; Ron Ryan, retired from Ryan International Airlines; Denise Sherman, Southwestern College Professional Studies; and Van Williams, City of Wichita.

The officers and directors were elected at the Wichita Festivals, Inc. annual meeting in September. Retiring from the Wichita Festivals board were Bill Gardner, Gary Gibbs and Dick Honeyman, each of whom served on the board since the fall of 2008, as well as Lori Linenberger, who had served since 2011.

Other members of the board include Prisca Barnes of Storytime Village, Inc.; Clay Bastian of Fidelity Financial Corporation; Gary Austerman of Klenda Austerman LLC; Lathi deSilva of Sullivan, Higdon & Sink; Don Grant of Carey, Thomas, Hoover and Breault; Barry Schwan of House of Schwan; Capt. Gavin Seiler of Wichita Police Department; and Carol E. Wilson, accountant.

For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. contact Teri Mott, Director of Marketing, (316) 267-2817, or teri@wichitafestivals.com.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. Riverfest (May 30-June 6, 2015) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (Sept. 18-20, 2015).

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