Art Lives Here

The capital city of fun for kids at the River Festival is about to come alive again – as staff begins moving art supplies into Artyopolis.

“We have Fruit Loops, we have buttons, we have face paint,” said Laurie Moravec, Artyopolis Coordinator for the 2016 event.

Moravec joined in on the KSAL Morning News with a sneak peek at the serious planning that goes into creating a fun time for children of all ages during the four day party in Oakdale Park.

Moravec added that new hands-on crafts like spray bottle watercolor painting, sandpaper art and fancy filters will keep youngsters smiling.

Festival staff is also releasing a few final reminders as the 40th Anniversary event approaches.



As Festival-goers pack their cars and carts to prepare for hours of River Festival 40th-anniversary fun, a few reminders of what to bring and what to leave behind can be helpful.

*The Festival’s five entrance gates open to the public at exactly 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, for the second year. NO general Festival attendees will be permitted before that time. No early set-up in the Festival stage areas by vendors, volunteers or the public. Volunteers reporting for early shifts should come to the Mulberry Street or Bicentennial Center gates.

*Coolers with snacks and beverages are permitted. No glass containers of any kind.

* Shade umbrellas behind designated and marked sight lines only. No canopy tents of any kind anywhere in the park by the general public.

*Absolutely no pets on-grounds other than authorized, designated service animals

*No bicycles within the park.

*Power wheelchairs and or power-operated scooters provided by Jay Hatfield Mobility will be available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis for $5 an hour, with a two-hour minimum. Location on-grounds near the Shuttle Stop behind Eric Stein Stage.

Other guest services returning to the River Festival include the EMS First Aid Center, a fully staffed mobile-device charging station next to the ATM, a Baby Station, Ident-A-Kid services and Lost & Found. Shuttles from various points in the Salina Bicentennial Center parking lots to Festival grounds are wheelchair-accessible. See the Festival Program pages 24-25 or for guest-service locations and details.
Helpful final reminders about what to bring or not bring also can be found at