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Salina Sherpa at River Festival

Jeff Garretson - June 10, 2016 1:45 pm

Nathan Miller of Salina has been helping his family enjoy the River Festival for over 15-years.

When the first notes drift off the Eric Stein Stage in Oakdale Park Friday – Nathan Miller and company will be there to catch it.

He and the Miller clan – now 65 strong – have been making the front row a ‘family tradition’ at the Smoky Hill River Festival for over a decade.

“We’ve got a lot of family and a lot of friends, we all throw down money to get a parking pass, get in here and get our spot,” he said.

“It’s a family tradition, a ritual for 15 years.”

As the opening horn blew Friday morning, Nathan, who was draped in heavy blankets and chairs sprinted for a shady spot to claim the grassy patch for the family of music lovers.

“I’m always looking for new experiences in music. But I like tradition too so I like the old school people.”

Miller was also impressed with the new Sky Shades, which are rigged on wires between the trees and stage – creating more shade on the ground for music fans.

“Yea, these are great,” Miller said as he pointed skyward.

Miller and company are looking forward to all the live acts today and a crescendo tonight from headliners “Reckless Kelly” at 8:30pm.

Crews put the final touches on the Sky Shades Friday morning.

Crews put the final touches on the Sky Shades Friday morning.

Doug Clemens

June 10, 2016 at 11:21 pm

If they think this is great then if they attended the Wichita Festival they would think they died and went to heaven.

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