ABOUT WICHITA FESTIVALS, INC.
- Wichita Festivals, Inc. (WFI) was established in 1972 as a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebration within the Wichita community.
- Nine full-time and one part-time staff members plan and implement WFI events with the help of more than 6,500 community volunteers.
- A volunteer board of directors elected from the community-at-large governs Wichita Festivals, Inc. Year-round committees, also filled by volunteers, help plan for the operations, finance and volunteer management of WFI events.
- Operational funding is secured from a variety of sources including: charitable gifts, concession sales, event admission sales and merchandise sales. WFI does not receive direct tax support from any government entity.
- Total cost for WFI to produce its events in 2015: just over $2 million.
- The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest, Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair and the Bob Struble Memorial Golf Tournament.
- Creating an economic impact of approximately $25-$30 million annually, Riverfest attracted 410,000 attendees in 2015. Riverfest’s ticket sales rank it at #50 in Pollstar’s Top 100 Outdoor Festival Sites worldwide. In a 2014 survey commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce and other entities, Riverfest was named one of Wichita’s top three signature attractions and events.
- Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, the region’s premier juried art show and sale, was established in 2010 and welcomed 25,000 attendees in 2015.
- Funding for these events is generated from corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations.
- WFI is a member of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and has been the recipient of numerous awards through the years from this organization. Most recently, WFI received Pinnacle Awards for the volunteer program, sponsor prospectus, newsletter, and best sponsor partnership.
Wichita Festivals, Inc., 444 E. William, Wichita, KS 67202