☆Today’s best fest bets
1. Wagonmasters River Tour: The Wichita Wagonmasters are back with their pontoon boat river tours, which include historical narration and up-close views of the Keeper of the Plains. And this year, they’re free. The Wagonmasters have found a sponsor, so the $5 cost has been eliminated. The boat rides run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and depart from just south of the Douglas Avenue Bridge.
2. World Record Attempt: The festival will again attempt to set the record for having the longest single line of moving bicyclists. The event lasts from noon to 1 p.m. and starts at the RedGuard Stage.
3. Red Dirt Concert with Kyle Park: This Austin-based singer and songwriter will headline the Red Dirt Concert, and he’ll take the RedGuard Stage at 9 p.m.
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4. Robert Randolph and the Family Band: This funk band is top-billed at the Kennedy Plaza stage on Saturday. They’ll play starting at 9 p.m.
5. Riverfest Horseshoes: This event is making a comeback and will be set up at the Cox Kids Corner at the Hyatt Lawn. People can learn how to play on the spot, then give it a try. Tournaments also will be going on. Bring your own horseshoes or use the ones provided. Entry fees ($1 to $10) for some activities per person. It happens from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Festival food find
Bourbon chicken with beans over rice
☆☆☆ (out of four)
Where to find it: Big G’s
What is it? A bowl of rice covered with pinto beans and chicken bites, marinated in a savory broth.
How is it? The man who served it up said Big G had scored a home run with this one, and I’m almost inclined to agree. At $8, it is a little steep for festival food; however, it does do its job to fill you up. The marinade is quite savory edging on sweet, with a very distinguishable aftertaste of honey. If sweet’s your game, then this truly is a home run. Overall, higher-class than most festival food and pleasant on the taste buds – just a little too sweet for me.
Cost: $8 (Eight tickets)