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Wichita River Festival: Thursday’s highlights

  • Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 7:29 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.

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Festival food

Fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Three stars out of four

Where is it? Bribiesca Concessions, WaterWalk food court

What is it? The concept behind the fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich is delightfully simple. Each sandwich begins its humble life as a pre-packaged Smucker’s Uncrustable PB&J, which then is dropped into the frier. After it is sufficiently fried, the sandwich is deftly cleaved into quarters and topped with a light coating of powdered sugar. It does the classic playground PB&J justice, though the powdered sugar on top makes it taste much more akin to a funnel cake with creamy peanut butter and grape jelly on top. The last time I checked with my taste buds, that was not a half-bad combination.

How much is it? $3

Matt Riedl

Most events are included with the cost of a Riverfest button unless otherwise noted. Some events have changed since the Riverfest brochure was published. Go to www.wichitariverfest.com for updates.

For information on street closings and other Riverfest happenings, visit kansas.com/riverfest.

Ongoing events

Ackerman’s Backyard: Designed for adults. Enjoy adult beverages, bands, vendors and more. Happy hour entertainment from 4 to 8 p.m. every evening on the Star Floating Stage. 4-9:30 p.m. Thu.; 4-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Location: A. Price Woodard Park

Cox Kids Corner: Enjoy games, art projects, clowns, magicians and more. No button required for ages 5 and under. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thu.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Location: WaterWalk

Full Steam Ahead: Fun with Science, Technology and More:

Hope in the Valley Horse Rides: Trained guides will lead riders on horses rescued by nonprofit Hope in the Valley. 5-9 p.m. Fri.; noon-9 p.m. Sat. Location: Cox Kids Corner at WaterWalk

Paddle Boats & Kayaks: Participation may be subject to conditions, restrictions or prohibitions. Availability is dependent on weather and river conditions. 3:30-8:30 p.m. daily unless races are in progress. Location: Board by Douglas Avenue Bridge on Arkansas River

Riverfest Zipline: $10 with a Riverfest button. Participation may be subject to conditions, restrictions and prohibitions. 5:30-8 p.m. Thu.; noon-8 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Location: WaterWalk Pavilion; entrance on east side of river

St. Francis Ferris Wheel: Rides are $3 a person, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit St. Francis Community Services, a donor-supported child welfare ministry. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thu.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Location: Adjacent to Cox Kids Corner at WaterWalk

Wagonmasters River Tour: Cruises depart from the gazebo next to the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview. $5, $4 for ages 3-16, ages 2 and younger are free. A Riverfest button is required for all riders ages 6 and up. 4-8 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. Location: Arkansas River at Douglas Avenue Bridge

THURSDAY

Drive & Engage Day: Learn about the library’s motor manual collection (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Activate Wichita (2-5 p.m.). 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Location: Central Library West Lawn

Dance, Dance, Dance: 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 12:15-12:45 p.m. Location: Fit ’n’ Fun at WaterWalk Pavilion

Cajun Food Fest: $7 with Riverfest button. 5-8:30 p.m. Location: Kennedy Plaza

Big Easy Concert with Kelley Hunt: 6 p.m., Czech Republicans; 7 p.m., Brandon Lane; 8:30 p.m., Kelley Hunt. Location: Kennedy Plaza

Case New Holland Buckaroo Buckarette Rodeo: 5-9 p.m. Location: Cox Kids Corner at WaterWalk

Case New Holland Petting Zoo and Pony Rides: 5-9 p.m. Location: Cox Kids Corner at WaterWalk

Rusty Eck Ford Red Dirt Country Concert: 6 p.m., Mountain Deer Revival; 7 p.m., Crooks; 8 p.m., Cody Johnson Band. Location: WaterWalk Pavilion

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