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Last day of River Festival is a beach

For the final day of this year’s Wichita River Festival, the concrete of Kennedy Plaza will be coated with 310 tons of sand, creating a Kansas beach of sorts.

Eight things you can ride at the fest

1. Helicopter. Take a three- to four-minute ride over the fest for $35 with a Wichita River Festival button. Takes off from the West Bank. Hours: 2 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Regatta’s goal: To float your cardboard boat

A new event at the Wichita River Festival this year mixes creativity with ingenuity. Sunday’s Cardboard Regatta contest will allow teams to assemble their own vessels to float down the Arkansas River. It’s an activity that tips its hat to tradition while bringing fresh fun to the occasion.

Festival encourages bicycling

The Wichita River Festival is making a concerted effort to get people to ride bikes to the festival this year by offering free valet parking for bicycles and two themed tours of downtown for riders. People can also join in or just watch fast-paced bicycle races that will include injured Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

Lots of concerts, all free with a $5 button

Music lovers at this year’s Wichita River Festival will find that many things have changed from previous years.

River Run branches beyond 10k, 2-mile races

The River Run is morphing into something more than just a road race.

Revamped River Festival seeks to build on, rekindle successful traditions

When Mary Beth Jarvis took over the helm of the 42-year-old Wichita River Festival Inc. in November, she inherited an organization that had lost money four years in a row, had cultivated a culture of button resisters despite its best efforts and had developed a serious perception problem among members of its target demographic, who complained that it had moved too far away from its family-friendly roots.

Wichita River Festival buttons to go on sale Friday

The countdown has begun: Wichita River Festival buttons go on sale Friday.

Wichita River Festival rounds out concert lineup with Go-Go’s, Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Wichita Festivals Inc. announced Friday morning the rest of its musical lineup for the festival, which is scheduled for May 31 to June 8.

Popular Cajun Food Fest to return to River Festival

The Cajun Food Fest, a popular Wichita River Festival event that was absent last year, will return this year accompanied by a big-name band.

Chris Mann to perform at Riverfest, his site says

Wichita native Chris Mann will perform at the Wichita River Festival’s opening night, according to a post on his website Monday afternoon.

Mary Beth Jarvis to lead Wichita Festivals, Riverfest

Mary Beth Jarvis, who has worked both as chief of public affairs for McConnell Air Force Base and as communications director for Koch Industries, was named Wednesday morning as the new President and CEO of Wichita Festivals Inc., the organization that puts on the annual Wichita River Festival.

New director of programming leaves Wichita River Festival after a month

Dana Plummer is out as vice president of program development for the Wichita River Festival after a little more than a month on the job.

Sun and games, and out with a bang on Wichita River Festival’s last day

On a sunny, breezy Saturday, people were able to enjoy the final day of the Wichita River Festival free of the thunderstorms that had almost become a festival tradition.

2012 Eagle Medallion Hunt clues explained

This year’s medallion was hidden in Air Capital Memorial Park, which for years displayed a decommissioned B-47. The medallion was taped to a piece of broken granite countertop, which was turned upside down and placed next to a slab of concrete near some abandoned railroad tracks at the south edge of the park.

Team Ferris finds the Eagle Medallion

A team of relentless hunters led by Wichita businessman Greg Ferris found the medallion in this year’s Eagle Medallion Hunt.

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Plenty to do on final weekend of River Festival

Though Riverfest wraps up Saturday, there still are a lot of fun events to check out in these last two days.

Closing with a bang

Wagonmasters bring ‘waterwagon’ rides to River Festival this year

The Wichita Wagonmasters had been feeling a little left out of the Wichita River Festival the past few years.

Riverfest food review: Pork Tuscany on pita

The Wichita River Festival Food Court is one of the event’s main draws. We’ll offer a daily review of one of the treats offered.

Pork Tuscany on pita

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