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Smoky Hill River Festival Revealed

Todd Pittenger - April 8, 2014 11:07 am

Salina Arts and Humanities Executive Director Brad Anderson discusses the 2014 Smoky Hill River Festival Tuesday morning.

Salina Arts and Humanities Executive Director Brad Anderson discusses the 2014 Smoky Hill River Festival Tuesday morning.

Organizers Tuesday morning unveiled some of the plans for the 2014 Smoky Hill River Festival. The annual celebration of the arts this year is June 12th – June 15th in Oakdale Park.

This year there will be 34 food booths. Many favorites will be back, along with several new ones.  The Ninja Express featuring oriental food, and The Baker Man featuring baked food like cannolis, are a couple of new food booths that will be a part of the event.

The fine arts and crafts this year won’t disppoint. Exhibitors from coast to coast, and from as far away as Israel, will be at the show. Over $650,000 worth of arts and crafts will be in the park for the River Festival.

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the art patron program at the festival. The patron program is a pledge to purchase at least $250 of art from the fine art show. The program brings in about $135,000. Along with the art purchase, patrons receive several perks including a breakfast event catered by the Salina Country Club.

Entertainment this year includes several traditional favorite acts, along with some new ones. The Friday headliner is a Chicago area group called Funkadesi. Saturday’s headliner is a group called Simplified from the East Coast, with a beach-party type performance. The Salina Symphony will close the festival with a patriotic performance on Sunday afternoon.Here is the complete list of entertainment: Smoky Hill River Festival Entertainment

There will again this year be a medallion search in the days leading up to the festival. It will begin on Friday, May 30th, with an event and concert at the Eric Stein Stage in Oakdale Park. Clues will be released daily until the medallion is found.

Smoky Hill River Festival Buttons go on sale May 1st. They will be sold in 18 cities including Salina.

Online: Smoky Hill River Festival

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