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McPherson Festival

PHOTO GALLERY: Festival Fun In Salina

Todd Pittenger - June 14, 2015 7:03 am

Drum Safari involves the crowd as they perform Saturday afternoon.

Drum Safari involves the crowd as they perform Saturday afternoon.

The threat of a little rain has not deterred crowds at the 2015 Smoky Hill River Festival. Through Saturday, the heaviest rain had held off until the gates have closed, and festival fans have cleared the grounds.

Though things are a little damp in Oakdale Park, and light showers have fallen off and on, festival spirit is not. Cloudy skies have helped keep the temperature down, and though it has been a little humid and sunny at times, there has been enough of a breeze to keep things pleasant.

Salina Arts and Humanities Executive Director Brad Anderson told KSAL News that attendance has been down a little, but overall he has been pleased with the large crowds. Anderson says that things have been going smooth, and that there have been no major issues.

The Salina Municipal Band got the say started Saturday with a rousing rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Multiple other bands played throughout the day, leading up to Saturday night’s featured performers on the Eric Stein Stage, Texas rockers “The Band of Heathens.”

One of the more spirited performances of the day that got the crowd up and moving was from Australian band “Jakubi”, whose unique brand of experimental music combined among other things reggae, rock, beats, rhythm, and even the use of a “talk box”.

Kids were busy Saturday, with hundreds of hands on art projects taking shape under the big tent in “Artyopolis”.  Tots were making free make and take keepsakes.

Along with Saturday’s fine art on display, with artisans were also scheduled to provide art and craft demonstrations throughout the weekend for projects focusing glass beads, wood carving to flame painted copper.

And of course, there is the festival food. Festival-goers munched on things like funnel cakes, corn dogs, corn-on-the-cob on a stick, Indian Tacos, Grater Taters and much more including anything and everything that can be deep fried.

Jeff Fellows

June 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

Keeps getting worst every year on entertainment.

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