Plenty to do on final weekend of River Festival

06/07/2012 5:00 AM

06/08/2012 7:58 AM

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

Perhaps the biggest of these is the closing day Capitol Federal Fireworks, scheduled for 9:45 p.m. Saturday. The show, sponsored by Airbus Americas, will be slightly different from last weekend’s opening night. Fireworks will be launched from only one location, just north of Douglas and McLean Boulevard. As a result, the West Bank will be blocked for viewing up to the Second Street Bridge. The show will last 18 to 20 minutes. Viewers can tune to 97.1 BOB FM for a live simulcast.

Series of free concerts

Riverfest-goers can catch a variety of concerts at Riverfest, starting tonight.

Country artist Clay Walker will play a free show at 8:15 p.m. today on the Douglas Street Stage between Main and Water. The show is sponsored by KZSN, 102.1-FM, but it will not be broadcast on the station. Opening for Walker, the Jared Daniels Band will perform on the same stage at 6:30 p.m.

The Eagle Medallion Hunt car giveaway will take place before Walker performs.

Riverfest also offers a free R&B concert Saturday. At the Block Party near Kennedy Plaza, Tony! Toni! Tone! will perform on the Douglas Street Stage from 8:15 to 10 p.m.

Originally scheduled to play last year, the band was unable to perform because of weather concerns. Janet Wright, the festival’s president and chief executive, said she decided to bring the band back this year.

“They were very popular,” Wright said. “A lot of people were asking about them, so we thought, ‘Let’s try them again.’ ”

The band, which reached its height of popularity in the early ’90s, is known for its single “Feels Good,” released in 1990.

The WaterWalk Pavilion and the Star Lumber Floating Stage continue to host free shows tonight and Saturday. The WaterWalk Pavilion, in front of fountain wall at Hyatt Regency Wichita, 400 W. Waterman, will host Raptor, the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band, at 6:30 p.m. today. Following the concert, there will be a community salute to those serving at McConnell Air Force Base.

At 8:30 p.m. today, singer-songwriter Bruce Huss will play acoustic guitar at the pavilion.

The closing act for the pavilion will be at 6 p.m. Saturday with a performance by The Benders, who specialize in retro cover songs — and in sporting retro hairdos.

Here’s the concert lineup for the floating stage at A. Price Woodard Park:

Today:

6 p.m. — LeCAT

7 p.m. — The Tradewinds

Saturday:

10 a.m. — Nick McEwen and The 33

12:30 p.m. — Shyner

4 p.m. — Nikki Moddelmog

5 p.m. — Mark Horton and Friends, presented by Kansas Acoustic Arts Association

7:30 p.m. — Moreland and Arbuckle, presented by Wichita Blues Society

Don’t-miss events

Saturday, the final day of the festival, will feature the Riverfest Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Century II Drive. Various local vendors will set up tents to sell their items, Wright said.

Also, it’ll be festival-goers’ last chance to check out the new SS Waterwagon, the Wichita Wagonmasters’ tour boat that replicates the Windwagon, and the white tiger exhibit.

The boat will operate behind the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, 400 W. Douglas, from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Rides are $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-16 and free for those 2 and younger.

Visiting the two tigers in the white tiger exhibit west of Century II will cost $3. Pictures with the tigers while they are being fed will cost $10. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday.

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