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Church and Bible history with an apocalyptic message. Prophecy, restoration, last day theological perspectives, latter rain links, resources, over topics. Community support for the festival remained robust. Sponsorship support came from nearly cash and in-kind corporate and media partners. In addition, ticket sales, for attractions such as the Zipline and Saint Francis Ferris Wheel, were up 27 percent.
Support for Celebrations for a Cause, an initiative to ensure that those in need are able to attend Riverfest, nearly doubled. Meineke Car Care Centers and Greene Vision Group inspired other companies with challenge grants, making it possible for more than 2, buttons to get to charitable organizations that distributed them to those they serve.
Volunteer involvement grew, with more than 6, people donating more than 32, hours of time before, during and after the festival doing hundreds of tasks. A deliberate focus on the arts and culturally-driven programming resulted in impressive concert attendance and renewed interest in the Safelite Autoglass Sundown Parade. The parade was attended by more than 30, people and served as the venue for the display of four large-scale artworks by the first Riverfest Artist-in-Residence, Wayne White.
Five sold-out workshops in collaboration with Harvester Arts were conducted by White during the two weeks preceding the festival, as well as a popular artist talk and a film screening. In addition, an audience of 12, welcomed Grammy-winning singer Erica Campbell as the headline act for Gospelfest. A spectacular closing night helped cap off the festival. Then, more than 40, gathered on Kennedy Plaza and the river banks to enjoy a huge Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale.
Meineke Hot Air Balloons returned and cooperative weather allowed for two balloon launches. Cox Kids Corner, which was relocated to the lawn south of the Hyatt Regency Wichita, was a popular attraction throughout the week. Riverfest Official Sponsors: Button sales and complete financial results still to come, but sponsorship support and early numbers promising. Total work-hours for these volunteers is likely to total more than 32, This is a dramatic change from years when there were more than law-enforcement issues associated with the event.
Officials attribute the dip below 3, registrants to factors including the date change to the second Saturday of the festival, online registration hiccups, and warm, humid conditions on race day. The 44th Riverfest took place May 29 through June 6 and offered a wide range of entertainment for all ages.
Complete details and sign up at www. Francis Ferris Wheel, with proceeds benefitting St. The 44th Riverfest offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages.
Riverfest fun continues Friday with flight-themed contests, displays and events; Flogging Molly on Kennedy Plaza. A Salute to Aviation pays special tribute to all things flight in the heart of the Air Capital of the World. Starting at 11 a. Friday, A Salute to Aviation continues throughout the day with flight-themed activities, displays, and contests.
Hop in a flight simulator a see how it feels to pilot a B airplane from 11 a. Registration from 5 — 6: An evening glow is planned at 6 p. The 44th Riverfest takes place Friday, May 29 through June 6 and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages.
More than festival events and attractions are outlined on wichitariverfest. Wear a Riverfest button from any of our 44 years for free admission to the festival. Grab your best Riverfest flair, and show us your Wichita Pride! A Renegade Pinewood Derby, 5 — 8 p. Presented by Riverfest Corporate Hosts. Ballons will launch at 6 p. The 44th Riverfest takes place Friday through June 6 and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages.
Gospelfest brings together local choirs and national talent for an evening of inspiring celebration. In addition to her red-hot solo career, which this year garnered her a Grammy award for Gospel Album of the Year, Campbell is one half of acclaimed Gospel duo Mary Mary. We look forward to inspiring the whole community at this great event.
More information is available at the Riverfest Gospelfest page. Thanks to our sponsors — whose support makes Riverfest possible and affordable — favorites such as the Koch Twilight Pops Concert, Gospelfest and Festival of Broadway are returning this year, bookended by an opening-night fireworks show and the giant Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale on closing night.
Francis Ferris Wheel, to benefit St. Longest Line of Bicycles, at noon — 1 p. It Plays to Read! More than 28, buttons already purchased as community gears up for its largest annual event. Riverfest offers two types of buttons: Children 5 years and younger are admitted to the festival free of charge. Francis Ferris Wheel are just a few of the features that debuted or returned in and are back by popular demand.
A significantly increased number of participatory and athletic events are planned for individuals and teams, such as pickle ball, bubble soccer and the return of Riverfest Horseshoes. Donors can contribute at WichitaRiverfest. We are so fortunate to live in a community with dynamic arts organizations, and Harvester and WFI are bringing important programming to enrich us all. A creative force in her own right, Pond will give an artist talk and do a book signing at Watermark Books.
She is the author and illustrator of five books and currently contributes to the Los Angeles Times. Event Schedule Thursday, May Mask-making workshop, Harvester Arts. Free, but RSVPs are recommended. Mask-making workshop conducted by Wayne White, Harvester Arts. Waterman; and Wichita Festivals, E. Tickets for all events are available online at EventBrite. RSVPs are required for paid events and recommended for free events. Celebrations for a Cause was reintroduced in as part of an effort to ensure Riverfest would be an inclusive community event.
Businesses and individuals can purchase extra Riverfest buttons to be donated to local nonprofits for distribution to their families and clients. The nine-day festival takes place May 29 through June 6 in downtown Wichita. Second grader Jony Dang from Seltzer was named overall winner of the competition. More than 1, contest entries were received from Kindergartners, 1st and 2nd graders representing ten area public and parochial schools.
Greene has been on the Operations Committee since and won the Volunteer of the Year award in I am honored to serve in this capacity as it will allow me to give back to this community which has blessed me with so much.
As the official ambassador of Riverfest , Greene will visit children in local hospitals, speak to Wichita civic organizations and help host dozens of events during the nine days of Riverfest, May June 6. Two special days are planned: A Salute to Aviation on Friday, June 5 and Throwback Thursday which offers free admission on June 4 to attendees wearing any Riverfest button from the past.
The Capitol Federal Fireworks will end the nine-day festival with a bang, directly following the concert and Starlight Flotilla. Riverfest headliner concerts will be on both the Kennedy Plaza and RedGuard stages throughout the festival. Waterman, and Wichita Festivals, E. Full-price buttons will be available at the same locations as well as at major button retailors Dillons and QuikTrip beginning May 8.
Locally grown, nationally known alt-country rockers Split Lip Rayfield will perform on the RedGuard Stage adjacent to the Wichita Boathouse that night. The Coleman Country Concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, and stars Easton Corbin who has produced four-top ten country songs including two 1 hits since his debut in At the RedGuard Stage, Riders in the Sky will delight fans of all ages with their special brand of cowboy music and comedy.
The Capitol Federal Fireworks will close the festival with a bang following the concerts. Price Woodard Park will be activated throughout the festival.
Iconic button and poster artwork unveiled; festival sneak peek includes button-price news. 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 , May June 6.
A version of the poster artwork will be featured on the adult button. As always, children 5 years old and younger get into the festival for free. Jarvis also announced that for this first time in nearly a decade, the cost of the adult admission button will increase. At the same time, we have to be able generate enough revenue to produce events worthy of support and pride. Our generous local sponsors are doing what they can, but it takes the support of both sponsors and attendees to produce great events in a safe environment.
Starting May 8, full-price buttons will be available at button retail outlets, including Dillons and QuikTrip. A freelance graphic designer and illustrator, contest-winner Strunk graduated with honors from Wichita State University in , receiving a BFA with an emphasis in graphic design, following years of work as an independent contractor in the construction industry. The artist has since been commissioned by clients and agencies on an international level, creating work for well-known brands such as Google, eBay, and Popular Mechanics, along with work done closer to home for local and regional small businesses.
It struck me that someone in a jetpack could be pushing a button to blast off. I figured something resembling the actual festival buttons could buckle them into the jetpack! So that's how I arrived at the Admiral Windwagon Smith, donning a flight suit and helmet, blasting off in a jetpack down the river, which is depicted in a way that might also bring to mind an aircraft runway. In addition to addressing the theme and the spirit of Riverfest , I thought this concept would be a nice tip of the hat to the aviation industry and the Air Force, which have strong cultural ties and history with Wichita on the whole.
Esther Headley, president of The Research Partnership, is chair-elect. New board members elected to their first three-year terms as directors include Craig Burns, Security 1st Title Company; D. Retiring from the Wichita Festivals board were Bill Gardner, Gary Gibbs and Dick Honeyman, each of whom served on the board since the fall of , as well as Lori Linenberger, who had served since According to Wichita Festivals, Inc.
President and CEO, Mary Beth Jarvis, button sales were also up six percent from , in , to , 96, adult buttons and 15, child buttons sold overall. Corporate button sales increased by 14 percent over with more than 12, buttons sold directly to companies who provided buttons to employees or clients. Sponsorship revenue for Riverfest was up 15 percent from , thanks to nearly sponsors and media partners, as well as 22 Riverfest Corporate Hosts small to medium-sized business partners and Festival Crew members individual donors.
Celebrations for a Cause CFC , an initiative to ensure that those in need are able to attend Riverfest, saw a decline in participation. The program provides buttons to social service organizations that distribute them to those they serve. Donations for the program dropped, resulting in distribution of 1, buttons this year, down from 4, in Much of the success of Riverfest depends on a large and active volunteer base.
This year 5, volunteers donated 21, hours of time selling buttons, cleaning tables, installing fencing, organizing and running events, and doing hundreds of other tasks.
It was exciting to see attendees of such a variety of ages and backgrounds celebrating as neighbors in downtown Wichita. New events in included the St. Francis Ferris Wheel, which benefitted St. Price Woodard Park, offered grown-ups a place to relax and enjoy live entertainment. Joan Jett played to an audience of 19, Even on weeknights, live shows drew big crowds. Tamela Mann performed for 12, gospel fans on a Monday night.
DJ Grandmaster Flash played to 12, attendees of all ages on Wednesday. Full financial picture, attendee feedback still to come. Other Riverfest results in to date: On-site button sales, which had dipped to 12, in , were more than 31, In , 30, buttons were sold at the event, out of , total buttons purchased — including those sold at local AAA, Dillons and QuikTrip stores.
We have also heard from many people that they enjoyed the safe, secure environment created by requiring festivalgoers to have a button. Sponsorships and donations, as well as thousands of hours of service from board and committee members and nearly 5, volunteers, make Riverfest possible.
Nearly cash and in-kind sponsors and media partners were involved in , and total sponsorship was up more than 15 percent from , said Jarvis. New events for included the St. Other changes included the move of Cox Kids Corner and many family activities from A. The 43rd Riverfest took place May 30 through Saturday and offered a wide range of entertainment for all ages.
Francis Ferris Wheel, check out the Cox Kids Corner activities, or just grab a bite to eat and listen to a great musical performance, our volunteers rolled out the red carpet so they could have a wonderful time. We are planning for outdoor concerts tonight. In the event that concert times change, a media alert will be sent by email. Please note the new time for this event, based on predicted Saturday morning weather conditions.
The 43rd Riverfest takes place through Saturday and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. The 43rd Riverfest takes place Friday through June 7 and offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Kelly, Bono and other artists. Choir director Jay Terrell and many area choirs and other performers will round out Gospelfest, which begins at 5 p. Mann will perform at 8: Riverfest takes place through June 7 in downtown Wichita.
Celebrating its 43rd year, the festival offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Tennis Association, 11 a. Sandlian, at 1 and 4 p. Longest Line of Bicycles, at 1 p. Registration begins at noon. In , Riverfest sold nearly , admission buttons and had , total attendees.
Plus, some wonderful additions for are the St. Riverfest takes place Friday through June 7 in downtown Wichita. Many more agencies have requested buttons, and donors are requested to give online at wichitariverfest. Companies donating to the effort so far in include Brand Plumbing, Inc. Celebrations for a Cause was reintroduced in as part of the effort to ensure Riverfest would be an inclusive community event. The nine-day festival takes place Friday through June 7 in downtown Wichita.
Second grader Amya Xayavong from Seltzer was named overall winner of the competition. More than 1, contest entries were received from Kindergartners, 1st and 2nd graders representing seven area public and parochial schools. Francis of Assisi School Lisa Lang. Entry forms are available on line at www. Niemann, fast becoming a favorite on the country charts, was born in Harper, Kan.
She has three albums that are certified Platinum or Gold. Kansas is underlain by a sequence of horizontal to gently westward dipping sedimentary rocks. A sequence of Mississippian , Pennsylvanian and Permian rocks outcrop in the eastern and southern part of the state. The state's western half has exposures of Cretaceous through Tertiary sediments, the latter derived from the erosion of the uplifted Rocky Mountains to the west.
These are underlain by older Paleozoic and Mesozoic sediments which correlate well with the outcrops to the east. The state's northeastern corner was subjected to glaciation in the Pleistocene and is covered by glacial drift and loess. The western two-thirds of the state, lying in the great central plain of the United States, has a generally flat or undulating surface, while the eastern third has many hills and forests.
It is a popular belief that Kansas is the flattest state in the nation, reinforced by a well known tongue-in-cheek study  stating that Kansas was indeed "flatter than a pancake". Spring River is located between Riverton and Baxter Springs. Areas under the protection of the National Park Service include: The state's eastern two-thirds especially the northeastern portion has a humid continental climate , with cool to cold winters and hot, often humid summers.
Most of the precipitation falls in the summer and spring. The western third of the state — from roughly the U. Route 83 corridor westward — has a semiarid steppe climate. Summers are hot, often very hot, and generally less humid.
Winters are highly changeable between warm and very cold. The far south-central and southeastern reaches of the state, including Wichita , have a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers, milder winters and more precipitation than elsewhere in Kansas. Some features of all three climates can be found in most of the state, with droughts and changeable weather between dry and humid not uncommon, and both warm and cold spells in the winter.
Temperatures in areas between US 83 and U. Route 81 , as well as the southwestern portion of the state along and south of U. High humidity added to the high temperatures sends the heat index into life-threatening territory, especially in Wichita, Hutchinson , Salina , Russell , Hays and Great Bend. Temperatures are often higher in Dodge City , Garden City and Liberal , but the heat index in those locations is usually lower than the actual air temperature.
Frost-free days range from more than days in the south, to days in the northwest. Thus, Kansas is the country's ninth or tenth sunniest state, depending on the source. Western Kansas is as sunny as California and Arizona. Kansas is prone to severe weather, especially in the spring and early summer.
Despite the frequent sunshine throughout much of the state, due to its location at a climatic boundary prone to intrusions of multiple air masses, the state is vulnerable to strong and severe thunderstorms.
Some of these storms become supercell thunderstorms; these can spawn tornadoes , occasionally of EF3 strength or higher. Kansas averages over 50 tornadoes annually. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 44, people, and migration within the country produced a net loss of 65, people. The population density of Kansas is According to the Census , the racial makeup of the population was:.
As of , the population included , foreign-born 5. Mexicans are present in the southwest and make up nearly half the population in certain counties. As of , Spanish is the second-most-spoken language in Kansas, after English . The Pew Religious Landscape Survey showed the religious makeup of adults in Kansas was as follows: Kansas's capital Topeka is sometimes cited as the home of Pentecostalism as it was the site of Charles Fox Parham 's Bethel Bible College , where glossolalia was first claimed as the evidence of a spiritual experience referred to as the baptism of the Holy Spirit in Known as rural flight, the last few decades have been marked by a migratory pattern out of the countryside into cities.
In Kansas alone, there are more than 6, ghost towns and dwindling communities,  according to one Kansas historian, Daniel C. At the same time, some of the communities in Johnson County metropolitan Kansas City are among the fastest-growing in the country. Kansas has incorporated cities. By state statute, cities are divided into three classes as determined by the population obtained "by any census of enumeration.
The second class is limited to cities with a population of less than 25,, and upon reaching a population of more than 15,, they may be certified as a city of the first class. First and second class cities are independent of any township and are not included within the township's territory.
Births in table don't add up, because Hispanics are counted both by their ethnicity and by their race, giving a higher overall number. The northeastern portion of the state, extending from the eastern border to Junction City and from the Nebraska border to south of Johnson County is home to more than 1.
Overland Park , a young city incorporated in , has the largest population and the largest land area in the county. It is home to Johnson County Community College and the corporate campus of Sprint Nextel , the largest private employer in the metro area. In , the city was ranked as the sixth best place to live in America; the neighboring city of Olathe was 13th. Olathe is the county seat and home to Johnson County Executive Airport. The cities of Olathe, Shawnee , and Gardner have some of the state's fastest growing populations.
Among cities with at least one thousand residents, Mission Hills has the highest median income in the state. Several institutions of higher education are located in Northeast Kansas including Baker University the oldest university in the state, founded in and affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Baldwin City, Benedictine College sponsored by St.
Benedict's Abbey and Mount St. Scholastica Monastery and formed from the merger of St. Benedict's College and Mount St. Less than an hour's drive to the west, Lawrence is home to the University of Kansas , the largest public university in the state, and Haskell Indian Nations University. To the north, Kansas City , with the second largest land area in the state, contains a number of diverse ethnic neighborhoods. Further up the Missouri River , the city of Lansing is the home of the state's first maximum-security prison.
Historic Leavenworth , founded in , was the first incorporated city in Kansas. The city of Atchison was an early commercial center in the state and is well known as the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. To the west, nearly a quarter million people reside in the Topeka metropolitan area.
Built at a Kansas River crossing along the old Oregon Trail , this historic city has several nationally registered historic places. Further westward along Interstate 70 and the Kansas River is Junction City with its historic limestone and brick buildings and nearby Fort Riley , well known as the home to the U.
A short distance away, the city of Manhattan is home to Kansas State University , the second-largest public university in the state and the nation's oldest land-grant university, dating back to South of the campus, Aggieville dates back to and is the state's oldest shopping district of its kind.
In south-central Kansas, the Wichita metropolitan area is home to over , people. Wichita's population growth has grown by double digits and the surrounding suburbs are among the fastest growing cities in the state. Wichita was one of the first cities to add the city commissioner and city manager in their form of government. Up river the Arkansas River from Wichita is the city of Hutchinson.
The city was built on one of the world's largest salt deposits, and it has the world's largest and longest wheat elevator. North of Wichita along Interstate is the city of Newton , the former western terminal of the Santa Fe Railroad and trailhead for the famed Chisholm Trail.
The city of Udall was the site of the deadliest tornado in Kansas on May 25, ; it killed 80 people in and near the city. Located midway between Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita in the heart of the Bluestem Region of the Flint Hills , the city of Emporia has several nationally registered historic places and is the home of Emporia State University , well known for its Teachers College.
It was also the home of newspaper man William Allen White. Southeast Kansas has a unique history with a number of nationally registered historic places in this coal-mining region. The neighboring city of Frontenac in was the site of the worst mine disaster in the state in which an underground explosion killed 47 miners. Along with the restored fort, historic Fort Scott has a national cemetery designated by President Lincoln in Salina is the largest city in central and north-central Kansas.
South of Salina is the small city of Lindsborg with its numerous Dala horses. Much of the architecture and decor of this town has a distinctly Swedish style. To the east along Interstate 70 , the historic city of Abilene was formerly a trailhead for the Chisholm Trail and was the boyhood home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower , and is the site of his Presidential Library and the tombs of the former President, First Lady and son who died in infancy.
Westward along the Interstate, the city of Russell , traditionally the beginning of sparsely-populated northwest Kansas, was the base of former U. Senator Bob Dole and the boyhood home of U.
The city of Hays is home to Fort Hays State University and the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, and is the largest city in the northwest with a population of around 20, Two other landmarks are located in smaller towns in Ellis County: West of Hays, population drops dramatically, even in areas along I, and only two towns containing populations of more than 4, Dodge City , famously known for the cattle drive days of the late 19th century, was built along the old Santa Fe Trail route.
The city of Liberal is located along the southern Santa Fe Trail route. The first wind farm in the state was built east of Montezuma. Garden City has the Lee Richardson Zoo. In , a short-lived secessionist movement advocated the secession of several counties in southwest Kansas.
The agricultural outputs of the state are cattle, sheep, wheat , sorghum , soybeans , cotton , hogs , corn , and salt. Eastern Kansas is part of the Grain Belt , an area of major grain production in the central United States.
The industrial outputs are transportation equipment, commercial and private aircraft, food processing, publishing, chemical products, machinery, apparel, petroleum and mining. Kansas ranks eighth in U. Production has experienced a steady, natural decline as it becomes increasingly difficult to extract oil over time. Since oil prices bottomed in , oil production in Kansas has remained fairly constant, with an average monthly rate of about 2. The recent higher prices have made carbon dioxide sequestration and other oil recovery techniques more economical.
Production has steadily declined since the mids with the gradual depletion of the Hugoton Natural Gas Field —the state's largest field which extends into Oklahoma and Texas. In , slower declines in the Hugoton gas fields and increased coalbed methane production contributed to a smaller overall decline. The Kansas economy is also heavily influenced by the aerospace industry. Several large aircraft corporations have manufacturing facilities in Wichita and Kansas City, including Spirit AeroSystems , Learjet , and Textron Aviation a merger of the former Cessna , Hawker , and Beechcraft brands.
Boeing ended a decades-long history of manufacturing in Kansas in — Some increase in debt was expected as the state continues with its year Comprehensive Transportation Program enacted in In , Kansas had three income brackets for income tax calculation, ranging from 3.
The state sales tax in Kansas is 6. Various cities and counties in Kansas have an additional local sales tax. Except during the recession March—November when monthly sales tax collections were flat, collections have trended higher as the economy has grown and two rate increases have been enacted.
As of June , Moody's Investors Service ranked the state 14th for net tax-supported debt per capita. As a percentage of personal income, it was at 3.
The state has a statutory requirement to maintain cash reserves of at least 7. During his campaign for the election, Sam Brownback called for a complete "phase out of Kansas's income tax". He made cuts to education and some state services to offset lost revenue. From to , , businesses were considered to be pass-through income entities and benefited from the tax exemption.
The tax reform "encouraged tens of thousands of Kansans to claim their wages and salaries as income from a business rather than from employment. The economic growth that Brownback anticipated never materialized.
He argued that it was because of "low wheat and oil prices and a downturn in aircraft sales. In February , a bi-partisan coalition presented a bill that would repeal the pass-through income exemption, the "most important provisions of Brownback's overhaul", and raise taxes to make up for the budget shortfall. Brownback vetoed the bill but "45 GOP legislators had voted in favor of the increase, while 40 voted to uphold the governor's veto.
Spur routes serve as connections between the two major routes. I , a north—south route, connects I at Wichita to I at Salina. I , a southwest—northeast route, connects I at Emporia to I at Topeka. I and portions of I and I make up the Kansas Turnpike.
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Choir director Jay Terrell and many area choirs and other performers will round out Gospelfest, which begins at 5 p.
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