River Festival

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44th Admiral Windwagon Smith

For the second time in Wichita Riverfest history, Admiral Windwagon Smith is a she. On Wednesday, longtime festival volunteer Wendy Johnson was named the 44th Admiral Windwagon Smith. She will serve as the ceremonial head of Riverfest activities, will be an ambassador for the festival, both before and during the event, and will make an appearance at almost every event at the annual festival, which runs June 2-10 in downtown Wichita. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle)

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Escaped beaver featured on 2017 Riverfest poster

Wichita Festivals on Friday announced Josh Tripoli and Rebekah Lewis, who operate together as Lupoli, had the winning design for Riverfest 2017 posters and buttons. The poster, which is a playful take on “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” is a hand-drawn, retro comic-book inspired design.

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Behind the scenes: How large fireworks displays operate

Mark Freeland, a technician with Western Enterprises, the company that put on the fireworks display at Riverfest on Saturday, explains how fireworks displays have become digitized. Also, watch the fireworks being launched from close up. (Matt Riedl and Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

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44th Admiral Windwagon Smith

For the second time in Wichita Riverfest history, Admiral Windwagon Smith is a she. On Wednesday, longtime festival volunteer Wendy Johnson was named the 44th Admiral Windwagon Smith. She will serve as the ceremonial head of Riverfest activities, will be an ambassador for the festival, both before and during the event, and will make an appearance at almost every event at the annual festival, which runs June 2-10 in downtown Wichita. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle)
brader@wichitaeagle.com
44th Admiral Windwagon Smith 2:31

44th Admiral Windwagon Smith

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2016 Wichita River Festival highlights

Behind the scenes: How large fireworks displays operate 2:49

Behind the scenes: How large fireworks displays operate

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Twilight Pops Concert at Riverfest 2016

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