WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita Festivals, Inc. today revealed the iconic artwork for Riverfest 2015 and offered a sneak peek at the upcoming festival at a press event at Emprise Bank, sponsor of the 2015 artwork contest.
Wichita-based artist Roger Strunk won this year’s button and poster artwork competition with his interpretation of Admiral Windwagon Smith as an astronaut with the Wichita skyline in the background to capture this year’s theme, “Button Up. Have a Blast!”
“Roger’s clever design combines a fun, retro feel with an energetic spirit that embodies Riverfest and our community,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President/CEO of Wichita Festivals. “His poster and buttons will be awonderful way to invite citizens and visitors to ‘Button Up. Have a Blast!’ at Riverfest 2015.”
The astronaut Admiral and his corndog-wielding turtle sidekick, Ace, will adorn advertisements and merchandise and invite festival-goers to the largest community celebration in the state of Kansas: Riverfest 2015, May 29-June 6. A version of the poster artwork will be featured on the adult button. The child’s button, which was introduced for kids 6-12 in 2013, will feature Ace.
Jarvis also announced that for this first time in nearly a decade, the cost of the adult admission button will increase. Beginning May 8th, the adult button price will move to $10. The price for the popular child’s button will stay at $3. Before that date, adult buttons will be offered for an early-bird pricing will make the adult button available for $5.
“Since 2006, the entertainment industry has changed and event costs are way up. Rather than scaling back our efforts or putting attendees and our volunteers through multiple price increases in the next few years, we’re looking to the future, planning for a high-caliber event, and asking folks to pay just a little more than a dollar a day to enjoy it,” said Jarvis.
Buttons are offered at the early-bird price now through May 7 online at selectaseat.com or by calling SelectA-Seat at (855) 755-SEAT. Attendees can purchase early-bird buttons in person at the Select-A-Seat box office at Intrust Bank Arena or at the Wichita Festivals office April 17-May 7. Starting May 8, full-price buttons will be available at button retail outlets, including Dillons and QuikTrip.
Highlights of the 2015 festival were also revealed.
“A robust schedule of concert headliners is planned for our two main stages at Kennedy Plaza and WaterWalk, including classic disco act the Village People. Our Kansas Health Foundation River Run race series will move to the second Saturday of the festival,” Jarvis said. “Capitol Federal’s large fireworks show will move to closing night to provide an even more impressive finale to the festival.