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Rainy start to Wichita Riverfest, but then pleasant weather moves in

Wichita Wagonmasters walk alongside Admiral Windwagon Smith in the 2014 Riverfest Sundown Parade.
Wichita Wagonmasters walk alongside Admiral Windwagon Smith in the 2014 Riverfest Sundown Parade. File photo

If you’re planning to attend the Wichita Riverfest’s opening parade, it would be wise to take an umbrella.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely off and on throughout the day Friday, with “the highest chance coming after 7 p.m.,” said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m.

That forecast has Riverfest officials fretting.

“We want the weather to be gorgeous, but we adapt – we are Kansans,” said Teri Mott, director of marketing and communication for Wichita Festivals.

Riverfest officials will decide at a 10 a.m. meeting Friday whether the Wichita Symphony’s Twilight Pops concert with Karla Burns that evening will be held outside or indoors.

The good news for festival officials and waterlogged Wichitans is that a dry spell should arrive Saturday and linger for several days. Along with some sunshine, Wichita should see highs in the 70s over the weekend and the upper 70s to low 80s early next week.

Festival officials will also be monitoring Arkansas River levels in the wake of one of the wettest Mays in Wichita’s history, Mott said. The city offers daily reports on the river’s height, content and current speed to the festival.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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