New Stuff for The 2017 Smoky Hill River Festival

SALINA – Come along on the River Festival Road Trip to experience the best of summer sights and sounds! Among the new or notable elements for Festival 2017 are:

*A lively Festival t-shirt designed by Lawrence artist Angie Pickman. Featuring a circular mandala filled with Festival icons including miniature guitars, sunflowers, artist tools, windmills and more, the t-shirt design is bordered by a circle of wheat stems. Printed on a bright, heather-blue t-shirt or tank, the shirts retail for $10 to $12 and currently are available at the Salina Arts & Humanities offices at 211 W. Iron.

*Seven brand-new food vendors offering delectable treats including buffalo burgers, salmon tacos, chocolate-drizzled fruit skewers and sloppy joe sliders. Thirty-five Festival food providers will tempt Festival-goers from 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 through 5 p.m. Sunday, June 11.

*Fifty first-time or “new back” artists will exhibit at the Fine Art and Four Rivers Craft Show and in the Art/Craft Demonstration area, in various media. The 136 Festival artists hail from more than 30 states. The first-ever “PREMIERE” art patron/artist party on Thursday evening will bring art lovers of all ages face-to-face with Festival artists for meaningful discussion in a relaxed environment.

*Ten first-time entertainers will grace Festival stages along with some returning favorites. Headliners include Jakubi from Australia, back by popular demand from 2015, The Delta Saints from Nashville and Salina’s own Brady Weston Band. Genres of music represented include blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, country, bluegrass, salsa and more. Roving and kids acts include favorites The Drum Safari, Stories on Tour with Queen Nur, and Richard Renner The Vodville Klown, plus the brand-new Hip-Hop Wagon and the Hybrid Movement Co. from Brooklyn, New York. New to the Bravo Stage this year is The BRAVO Day Party! with Cash Hollistah on Saturday.

*Two new art and craft demonstration artists will show and sell: Phyll Klima of Salina with pottery and Jane Smith of Bailey, Colorado with recycled plastic-fiber art.

*Eight brand-new art installations commissioned specifically for the Festival are among the nearly 20 AI’s on site. The new works include “Get Your Art On” by The Henna Chicks of Glenpool, Oklahoma; “Earth Protectors: Totemic Perennials” by returning artist Neil Goss of Lawrence, Kansas and “Dance of the Dragonfly” by Salina artist Cory Haden.

*Guest services available at the River Festival include an EMS First Aid Center, a complimentary mobile-device charging station, an ATM, the Baby Station, Ident-A-Kid and Lost & Found. See the printed Festival Program or for guest service locations and other details.

Helpful final reminders about what to bring or not to bring to the River Festival and Oakdale Park can be found at, in the printed Festival Program, or will be publicized on Monday, June 5.

Also, the first clue for the 2017 Festival Medallion Quest will be read live at the Eric Stein Stage during the noon hour at the Festival Friday in the Park pre-party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Live music, a food truck and free Pepsi will be on site. Find Medallion Quest details and rules at


Updated: May 23, 2017 — 9:44 pm

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