Billed as an epic arts occasion, the 2021 Smoky Hill River Competition was officially released now.

Again after far more than a year’s hiatus owing to the COVID-19 pandemic the 45th Smoky Hill River Festival is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in Salina’s Oakdale Park.

“Festival amusement will come from the very best in the region, country, and past. A huge variety of musical kinds are represented, alongside with enjoyable headliner and roving performances ranging from the common to the unconventional. Competition-goers can find new favorites at 4 phases, with a unique venue focused to palms-on enjoyment moreover Arty’s Stage for children and families,” in accordance to details from competition organizers.

Admission to the river pageant is by weekend wristband ($15 in progress or $20 at the gate) accessible in 21 towns statewide starting up July 26, or by each day wristband ($10 and offered only at the gate). Small children ages 11 and less than will be admitted at no demand. See a record of all Salina-place and regional wristband stores at

The Sunset Sinners, from remaining, Brad Johnson, Tony Bowell, Blake Blackim, and Chris Brungardt.Photo courtesy Blake Blackim

This year’s headliners, who have been introduced in April, include things like Salina’s possess Sunset Sinners, as well as Cowboy Mouth, and the Phantom Blues Band.

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In addition, 18 other acts and entertainers are scheduled for in the course of the weekend. Salina Publish will emphasize these afterwards in the week.

All of that will not consist of Festival Jam, which kicks off the festival just about every calendar year. According to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Songs, Inc., the organizer of Pageant Jam, the final work is getting done on this year’s lineup, which will be released at a later on date.

The Riverside spot

New to the Smoky Hill River Competition this yr is the Riverside place, formerly known as the Bravo Phase and location. Riverside chat will feature Dollars Hollistah and Connie Burket, as they job interview installation artists, performers, and specific visitors who expose insights about their resourceful practices, in accordance to pageant organizers.

In addition, “pageant-goers of all ages can sign up for the action by doing their new music or poetry with Advert Astra’s poetry open up mic or jam. Be a part of the Game Display Party’s ‘live studio audience’ for the enjoyment of knowledge, talent, and opportunity. Learn to hula with Martika Daniels or cling out with the Hip-Hop Wagon and be a part of the generation of freestyle hip-hop, drumming, and dancing,” pageant organizers pointed out.

A booth at the Smoky Hill River Festival. Photo courtesy Salina Arts & Humanities  

Competition visual arts

More than 130 artists from 19 states will participate in the festival’s Great Arts & Craft Demonstrate, including 56 artists who are new to the pageant.

Organizers also will commemorate the operate of longtime pageant art demonstrate volunteer Marie Chapman, who passed away in June 2018. The to start with Marie Chapman Award, a $700 income prize, will be offered for the duration of the art show awards at the west side facts tent at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 4.

On top of that, little ones ages 5 to 14 will the moment once again have the chance to take part in the choice of the Kids Alternative Award, supplied to the competition artist who receives the most votes by Sept. 4.

The art patron plan returns as well with a wide variety of perks for people who buy a $100 ticket, including the next.

• VIP Tent accessibility Friday-Sunday

• A private Fine Art & Craft Present preview reception on Friday early morning which includes a entire hour of specific buying obtain

• An invitation to the unique Thursday evening premiere cocktail social gathering, for the duration of which artists and patrons mingle and connect.

Artwork Patron tickets are available as a result of Aug. 31 or until bought out. For additional information and facts about the artwork patron software, click on on the Art PATRON System button beneath the Participate fall-down menu at

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Also, a lot more than 20 set up initiatives are positioned during the pageant grounds each and every year.

An set up on financial institution of outdated Smoky Hill River Channel. Image courtesy Salina Arts & Humanities

“These distinctive will work of art will surprise and have interaction members of all ages and supply options for artists to get the job done outside of the studio to create website-unique artwork,” competition organizers pointed out.

New installations for the 2021 festival incorporate the pursuing.

Huge Admirer sculpture, Juniper ‘TJ’ Tangpuz, of Lawrence

World’s Largest Collection of World’s Smallest Variations of World’s Most significant Points Sideshow Extravaganza, Erika Nelson, of Lucas

Standing Wave at the Tony’s Pizza Functions Center Bridge, Mike Miller, of Wichita

Inside of the Art/Craft Demo tent, “the resourceful system of skillful artists and artisans can be observed as they display their art-earning procedures. These artists will be making in a wide range of elements these types of as ceramic, wooden, combined media, fiber and jewellery at numerous instances all through Festival weekend!” organizers pointed out.

The artists contain the adhering to.

Julie Cates, Salina
Blended media

Curt Krob, Salina
Blended media

Ken Sims, West Des Moines, Iowa

Shawn Delker, Salina

Layl McDill, Minneapolis, Minn.
Mixed media

Gary Hobbie and Ross VanderHamm, Salina

Tracy Musselwhite, Salina

Chelsea McKee, Lawrence

Artyopolis is a relatives-helpful pageant location for young children and their caregivers. Artyopolis places incorporate the following.

• Arty’s Stage – An remarkable chance to check out, laugh, and participate with carrying out artists.

• Toddler Station – a shady spot to improve a diaper, feed your newborn, or give your minimal kinds a crack from the sunlight.

• Button Boulevard – Cruise by and make a just one-of-a-type button to don all weekend prolonged.

• Development Crossing – Make-and-acquire art projects for budding artists. Think markers, stickers, paint, and paper. Just carry your creativity!

• Initial Treasures – SATURDAY ONLY – Youthful artwork patrons ages four to 13, can choose original artwork from River Competition artists, at very affordable selling prices of $5 or fewer. Little ones can then meet their competition artist on-grounds.

• Activity Road – Lively storefronts resembling a downtown Major Street. Challenge friends and loved ones to get residence the greatest score. For the initially time, Recreation Avenue will characteristic 8 activities that are bodily partaking and desirable to all ages, without a cost to participate.

• Ident-a-Child – prevent by to get a absolutely free child’s ID bracelet.

• Lego Lane – Unlock your imagination to construct characters, animals, devices, and additional!

• Mistical Oasis – A quit at the Oasis can be the ideal way to neat down, get a next wind, and prolong your Festival stay.

• Paintchoo Plaza – Shade Me Mad! Face Painting will create momentary human body artwork with their new airbrush tattoos. Tiny tikes are not the only types who will want in on the enjoyable – older little ones and older people will also line up for a single of these reasonable airbrush tattoos.

• Seem Back garden – Musical sculptures assist young children experiment with songs and rhythm.

A assortment of pageant food items is accessible. Salina Submit file picture

Noshing at the competition

Are you a festival foodie? Additional than 30 food stuff sellers are scheduled for the competition, like 7 new distributors.

New seller foods include things like the adhering to.

• Crawfish Boil

• Comfortable Pretzels

• Frog Legs

• Meatball Sliders

• Coconut Shrimp

• Bacon-wrapped sausage on-a-adhere

• Deep-Fried Lasagna Sandwich

Other food seller objects consist of the pursuing.

• Bourbon Hen

• Chocolate-Included Frozen Cheesecake

• Rooster & Waffles

• Buffalo Burgers

• Handmade Root Beer

• Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

• Kettle Corn

• Jumbo Chicken-Fried Steak Sandwich

• Indian Tacos

• Funnel Cake

• New-Squeezed Lemonade

• Veggie Noodle Bowl

• Smothered Burritos

• Cajun Sausage

• NY-style Pizza

• Shaved Ice

• Dippin Dots Ice Cream

• Fish Tacos

• Sriracha Rooster Rice

• Cinnamon Roasted Nuts

• Polish or Italian Sausage

• Bierocks

• Pepperoni Roll

• Pineapple Bowls

• Rooster Cranberry Pecan Wrap

• Gyros