RiverFest officials: attendance up compared to previous years

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WICHITA, Kansas— Nine days of family fun filled activities and entertainment wraps up Saturday night with a performance from the Go-Gos and fireworks.

“We’ve been here most of the week. We’ve watched all of the concerts put on out here,” said Cathy Moehring. “She’s (daughter) meeting and greeting with a couple of them already and it’s a lot of good time.”

Dozens of kids were out soaking in the sun and enjoying the last day of RiverFest by playing the makeshift sand in front of Century II Saturday afternoon.

The makeshift sand is just one of many family fun activities added to the line up this year.

“It seems like its getting better,” said Timothy Florence. “There’s more things to do for the kids, a lot safer environment. It’s great! Everybody is so happy!”

Timothy Florence remembers going to RiverFest with his family when he was younger.

Florence tells KSN News the event has changed throughout the years, but for the better.

“I think they’re getting a better idea with what to do with families. More things to do with your families and children and not just eating,” said Florence. “You’re actually getting involved. Being able to play in the sand because they know we’re landlocked. We don’t get to play in the sand a lot.”

RiverFest organizers say they’re always looking for ways to improve the festival.

They’re hoping that feedback from this year’s RiverFest will help them plan for next year’s festivities.

“We want folks to come down to the festival and be here on purpose, buy a button, and come into the festival zones, and enjoy it with their friends, family, and neighbors,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President/ CEO for Wichita Festivals. “We’re just trying to come up with activities that everyone of all ages will enjoy.”

RiverFest officials say estimated numbers show an increase in attendance number and the number of buttons sold this year.

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