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Wichita Riverfest: Friday’s highlights

  • Published Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, June 6, 2014, at 7:28 a.m.


Kelley Hunt performs at Riverfest

The Kelley Hunt Band performed for the crowd during the Big Easy Concert at Kennedy Plaza Thursday as part of the Riverfest festivities. (Video by Fernando Salazar)

Festival food

Fried cookie dough

Four stars out of four

Where is it? Funnel Cakes booth, WaterWalk food court

What is it? This corn-dog-shaped affair is much more than meets the eye. It has all the convenience of a corn dog – you can walk and talk with that special someone while munching on the fried cookie dough and never miss a step. Savor it while you can, though, because it won’t last long. There is a light coating on this cookie-dough-on-a-stick, which can get pretty soggy in parts, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It tastes like classic chocolate chip cookie dough should, and though it’s a little pricey, think of it as a premium dessert option.

How much is it? $5

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. 4-10 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.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.

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. 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.-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 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


Yoga: 11-11:30 a.m. Location: Fit ’n’ Fun Zone at WaterWalk Pavilion

Frisbee & Food: 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 12:15-12:45 p.m. Location: Fit ’n’ Fun Zone at WaterWalk Pavilion

Poi Ball: 4-5 p.m. Location: Fit ’n’ Fun Zone at WaterWalk Pavilion

The Romantics: 5:30 p.m., Micah Castillo; 7 p.m., Me Like Bees; 8:30 p.m., the Romantics. Location: WaterWalk Pavilion

Indie Showcase Concert: 5:30 p.m., Wild Child; 7 p.m., the Mowgli’s; 8:45 p.m., Ra Ra Riot. Location: Kennedy Plaza

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