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Day guide to Riverfest for Saturday, May 30, 2015

Julious Ramirez rides a mechanical bull near the Hyatt on the first day of the Wichita River Festival.
Julious Ramirez rides a mechanical bull near the Hyatt on the first day of the Wichita River Festival. The Wichita Eagle

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.

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)

Matt Riedl

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