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Police call Riverfest a success; event draws 410,000

An EMT worker gets some ice cream during the Hiland Dairy-Wichita Wagonmasters Ice Cream Social during Riverfest last year.
An EMT worker gets some ice cream during the Hiland Dairy-Wichita Wagonmasters Ice Cream Social during Riverfest last year. File photo

Despite an increase in arrests over last year, police said Monday that they considered this year’s Riverfest a success.

“There were minimal issues that needed police response,” Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said Monday. “The (Wichita Police Department) works hard every year with Riverfest staff to ensure everyone’s public safety is a top priority.”

Attendance for this year’s festival was about 410,000, according to Riverfest organizers, which was down about 45,000 from 2016. In 2015, attendance was just more than 405,000.

Police said 10 people were arrested during this year’s nine-day Riverfest, double that of 2016’s total.

This year’s arrest numbers were similar to 2016 until a couple of disturbances on Friday, when one person was arrested after allegedly pushing an officer and a juvenile was arrested after allegedly throwing rocks at an officer.

Neither officer was injured, Woodrow said. There were 13 police calls during the nine days of the festival and 17 emergency management services calls (five people were transported to local hospitals).

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath

2017 Riverfest arrests

3 Disorderly conduct/fighting

3 Outstanding warrants

2 Obstructing legal process

2 Battery of a law enforcement officer

Source: Wichita Police Department

Riverfest attendance

2017: 410,000

2016: 455,000

2015: 410,000

2014: 380,000

2013: 360,000

2012: 300,000

Source: Wichita Festivals Inc.

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