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Information contained in this article courtesy of Wichita Festivals Inc.'s October 16, 2017, press release.
Applications are now available for the Emprise Bank Poster-Art Contest, festival entertainers, event organizers and food vendors.
October 16, 2017 - WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. today released the Call for Entries for the Riverfest Poster &
Button Artwork Contest sponsored by Emprise Bank, as well as applications for food vendors, entertainers and event
organizers for Riverfest 2018.
This launches the planning season for Riverfest, which since 1970 has been the area’s signature celebration, developed for
the community, by the community. Artists who would like their work to become part of Wichita’s history and those
interested in helping engage, entertain and feed festivalgoers next June will need to submit the appropriate applications,
which have deadlines ranging from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15.
“A balance of long-held traditions with new ideas, events and experiences are at the heart of Riverfest each year, and we
need your help to build a memorable festival,” said Ann Keefer, vice president of program development for Wichita
Festivals. “If you’ve got a band or a dance troupe, you’re a magician or comedian, apply! Got an idea for a unique event or
activity, or have a suggestion for improving a current event? Let us hear from you. We welcome community members to
bring their talents and passions to the state’s biggest party, and this is their chance to do that.”
Poster and button designs are sought for Riverfest 2018. The winning artist will receive a $3,500 cash prize. All artists 18 or
older are invited to participate and no fee is required to enter. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 to be
“This year we are not limiting designs to a specific theme,” said Teri Mott, director of marketing and communication,
Wichita Festivals. “We want artists to go wherever their Riverfest-inspired imaginations take them.”
The winning artwork will be featured on the Riverfest 2018 poster, buttons, official T-shirt and other items, and will be used
as the central artwork in promotional campaigns for the nine-day annual celebration, scheduled for June 1-9 in downtown
Original Wichitennial and Wichita River Festival designs dating back to 1970 were created by local artists. Conducted
periodically throughout the 47-year history of the festival, the annual contest was reestablished by popular demand in 2011.
Release of the artwork is much anticipated and collectors value the pins, posters and buttons based on the artwork.
Local and regional entertainers also have an important place in Riverfest history. While national headline acts are much
anticipated, favorite area bands and other performers have always been fundamental to the diverse flavor of Riverfest. Plus,
iconic Riverfest events such as the bathtub races have sprung from the minds of local hobbyists and civic groups.
Those interested in contributing their talents to Riverfest can find New Event, Entertainment, and Food Vendor
applications, as well as the Poster & Button Artwork Contest rules and application at WichitaRiverfest.com.
Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The
primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Riverfest (June 1-9, 2018) and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 14-16,
2018). For more information about Wichita Festivals, Inc. or its events, contact Teri Mott at (316) 267-2817 or Teri@wichitafestivals.com.