The Smoky Hill River Festival t-shirt structure. Graphic courtesy Salina Arts and Humanities

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Billed as an epic arts get together, the 2021 Smoky Hill River Festival was formally released currently.

Back again immediately after extra than a year’s hiatus thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic the 45th Smoky Hill River Festival is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in Salina’s Oakdale Park.

“Pageant amusement will come from the finest in the area, country, and further than. A broad wide variety of musical kinds are represented, along with thrilling headliner and roving performances ranging from the common to the unconventional. Festival-goers can obtain new favorites at 4 phases, with a exclusive venue dedicated to hands-on leisure plus Arty’s Stage for kids and families,” in accordance to information from festival organizers.

Admission to the river competition is by weekend wristband ($15 in progress or $20 at the gate) out there in 21 cities statewide starting July 26, or by every day wristband ($10 and bought only at the gate). Children ages 11 and below will be admitted at no demand. See a list of all Salina-area and regional wristband stores at

<b>The Sunset Sinners, from left, Brad Johnson, Tony Bowell, Blake Blackim, and Chris Brungardt.</b> Photo courtesy Blake Blackim
The Sunset Sinners, from still left, Brad Johnson, Tony Bowell, Blake Blackim, and Chris Brungardt. Picture courtesy Blake Blackim

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

Go through: Sunset Sinners to headline at the Smoky Hill River Competition

On top of that, 18 other acts and entertainers are scheduled for all through the weekend. Salina Article will highlight those later in the 7 days.

All of that would not include Competition Jam, which kicks off the competition each calendar year. According to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Songs, Inc., the organizer of Festival Jam, the final work is being done on this year’s lineup, which will be introduced at a later date.

The Riverside spot

New to the Smoky Hill River Festival this year is the Riverside spot, formerly recognised as the Bravo Phase and space. Riverside chat will characteristic Funds Hollistah and Connie Burket, as they job interview set up artists, performers, and unique company who reveal insights about their artistic tactics, in accordance to pageant organizers.

Furthermore, “competition-goers of all ages can be a part of the action by carrying out their tunes or poetry with Advert Astra’s poetry open mic or jam. Be a part of the Recreation Show Party’s ‘live studio audience’ for the exhilaration of expertise, talent, and prospect. Discover 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,” competition organizers observed.

<b>A booth at the Smoky Hill River Festival.</b>&nbsp;Photo courtesy Salina Arts &amp; Humanities&nbsp;&nbsp;
A booth at the Smoky Hill River Competition. Photo courtesy Salina Arts & Humanities  

Festival visual arts

More than 130 artists from 19 states will take part in the festival’s Fantastic Arts & Craft Present, which includes 56 artists who are new to the festival.

Organizers also will commemorate the perform of longtime pageant art demonstrate volunteer Marie Chapman, who passed away in June 2018. The initially Marie Chapman Award, a $700 cash prize, will be introduced for the duration of the art present awards at the west facet information and facts tent at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 4.

Also, little ones ages 5 to 14 will as soon as all over again have the prospect to take part in the assortment of the Young children Selection Award, specified to the competition artist who receives the most votes by Sept. 4.

The art patron method returns as properly with a assortment of benefits for those people who acquire a $100 ticket, like the pursuing.

• VIP Tent obtain Friday-Sunday

• A private Fantastic Artwork & Craft Show preview reception on Friday early morning like a comprehensive hour of particular shopping obtain

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

Artwork Patron tickets are accessible by way of Aug. 31 or until finally offered out. For extra facts about the artwork patron method, simply click on the Art PATRON System button less than the Participate fall-down menu at

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Furthermore, much more than 20 installation projects are positioned through the festival grounds each 12 months.

<b>An installation on bank of old Smoky Hill River Channel. </b>Photo courtesy Salina Arts &amp; Humanities
An set up on lender of aged Smoky Hill River Channel. Photo courtesy Salina Arts & Humanities

“These unique will work of artwork will shock and interact members of all ages and supply possibilities for artists to get the job done beyond the studio to create site-precise artwork,” festival organizers noted.

New installations for the 2021 competition involve the next.

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

World’s Biggest Selection of World’s Smallest Versions of World’s Largest Items Sideshow Extravaganza, Erika Nelson, of Lucas

Standing Wave at the Tony’s Pizza Gatherings Heart Bridge, Mike Miller, of Wichita

In the Art/Craft Demo tent, “the inventive method of skillful artists and artisans can be observed as they display their art-building procedures. These artists will be building in a wide variety of materials such as ceramic, wooden, mixed media, fiber and jewelry at different occasions all in the course of Pageant weekend!” organizers famous.

The artists include the following.

Julie Cates, Salina
Blended media

Curt Krob, Salina
Combined 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 household-friendly pageant site for youngsters and their caregivers. Artyopolis regions consist of the following.

• Arty’s Phase – An remarkable possibility to observe, chortle, and take part with accomplishing artists.

• Baby Station – a shady spot to modify a diaper, feed your infant, or give your minor ones a break from the sun.

• Button Boulevard – Cruise by and make a one-of-a-type button to use all weekend extended.

• Generation Crossing – Make-and-take artwork assignments for budding artists. Believe markers, stickers, paint, and paper. Just provide your creativity!

• To start with Treasures – SATURDAY ONLY – Youthful artwork patrons ages four to 13, can choose authentic artwork from River Festival artists, at cost-effective costs of $5 or less. Youngsters can then meet their pageant artist on-grounds.

• Video game Avenue – Vivid storefronts resembling a downtown Major Street. Obstacle close friends and relatives to choose home the best rating. For the initial time, Game Road will aspect 8 activities that are physically engaging and pleasing to all ages, without the need of a price to take part.

• Ident-a-Kid – halt by to get a free of charge child’s ID bracelet.

• Lego Lane – Unlock your creativeness to make characters, animals, machines, and more!

• Mistical Oasis – A prevent at the Oasis can be the great way to great down, get a next wind, and lengthen your Competition stay.

• Paintchoo Plaza – Colour Me Nuts! Deal with Painting will develop non permanent overall body art with their new airbrush tattoos. Small tikes are not the only types who will want in on the enjoyable – older youngsters and grown ups will also line up for one particular of these practical airbrush tattoos.

• Sound Backyard – Musical sculptures assist small children experiment with tunes and rhythm.

A wide range of festival food stuff is obtainable. Salina Write-up file picture

Noshing at the competition

Are you a competition foodie? Extra than 30 foodstuff distributors are scheduled for the festival, which include 7 new vendors.

New seller food items involve the adhering to.

• Crawfish Boil

• Smooth Pretzels

• Frog Legs

• Meatball Sliders

• Coconut Shrimp

• Bacon-wrapped sausage on-a-stick

• Deep-Fried Lasagna Sandwich

Other foods seller objects involve the following.

• Bourbon Rooster

• Chocolate-Protected Frozen Cheesecake

• Chicken & Waffles

• Buffalo Burgers

• Homemade Root Beer

• Selfmade Vanilla Ice Product

• Kettle Corn

• Jumbo Chicken-Fried Steak Sandwich

• Indian Tacos

• Funnel Cake

• Refreshing-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

• Chicken Cranberry Pecan Wrap

• Gyros