Wichita Riverfest kicks off with parade and fireworks

WICHITA, Kansas – The Wichita Riverfest kicked off Friday in downtown with the Sundown Parade, the Twilight Pops Concert, and fireworks.

Cassidy Neal and her three kids attended the events Friday.

“As soon as we start seeing the posts on TV or Facebook or whatever, we start planning, and we look forward to it for weeks.”

Like Neal, many others flocked to downtown Wichita whether it was for fun, music or food.

Last year, attendance at Riverfest was around 380,000 people. Event organizers are hoping some new additions will bring even more this year.

“We’ve got 21 new events, and some of them are old events, back in kind of evolved and reemerged form,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President and CEO of Wichita Festivals.

Jarvis spoke about the appeal of Riverfest and why year in and year out, people continue to come to the biggest and longest running community event in the state.

“The tradition and the fun they remember they had as a kid, so they come back with their friends and their neighbors and their grand kids and create a new generation of memories.”

You can purchase a Riverfest button through June 6 at Intrust Bank Arena, QuikTrip, Dillons and other retail locations: The adult button is $10 and the child button is $3

RELATED LINKS | 2015 Riverfest Guide | Wichita Riverfest Website

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