Wichita Festivals on Tuesday released figures showing growth at its two flagship events – Riverfest and Autumn & Art – in 2015.
In a news release, Wichita Festivals said its “financial results were positive,” and it was able to add 3 percent of its 2015 revenue to the organization’s reserve funds.
“Thanks to those who share our goals of unifying the community and enhancing quality of life in Wichita, we had a successful year of achieving our mission,” Mary Beth Jarvis, president/CEO of Wichita Festivals, said in the news release.
In 2015, Riverfest buttons doubled in price – from $5 to $10 – and overall button sales fell in 2015, from 110,000 in 2014 to 97,000 in 2015. The festival’s revenue went up in 2015, however.
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Here are five numbers to know about Wichita Festivals’ 2015:
410,000: Total attendance at Riverfest 2015, an increase of 8 percent over 2014
No. 54: Riverfest’s ranking worldwide in terms of Outdoor Ticket Sales, according to Pollstar
26 percent: Increase in ticket sales for extra-cost attractions like the zipline across the Arkansas River
More than 6,000: Volunteers who helped at Riverfest 2015, 520 of which were new volunteers. In total, Riverfest volunteers put in more than 32,000 work hours at the festival.
Nearly 25,000: Attendees at the free Autumn & Art event at Bradley Fair in September.
Wichita Festivals will unveil the poster design for Riverfest 2016 on Friday.
Riverfest 2016 will be from June 3 to 11.