The Smoky Hill River Festival t-shirt design. Image courtesy Salina Arts and Humanities"/>
The Smoky Hill River Pageant t-shirt structure. Impression courtesy Salina Arts and Humanities

By SALINA Article

Billed as an epic arts bash, the 2021 Smoky Hill River Pageant was officially introduced nowadays.

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

“Competition entertainment arrives from the finest in the region, country, and over and above. A extensive wide range of musical models are represented, together with fascinating headliner and roving performances ranging from the common to the unconventional. Festival-goers can locate new favorites at four stages, with a particular venue committed to palms-on enjoyment plus Arty’s Phase for kids and people,” in accordance to info from pageant organizers.

Admission to the river festival is by weekend wristband ($15 in progress or $20 at the gate) out there in 21 towns statewide setting up July 26, or by every day wristband ($10 and bought only at the gate). Children ages 11 and under will be admitted at no charge. See a list of all Salina-place and regional wristband merchants at riverfestival.com/taking part-retailers/.

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

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

Read: Sunset Sinners to headline at the Smoky Hill River Competition

On top of that, 18 other acts and entertainers are scheduled for throughout the weekend. Salina Submit will spotlight those later in the 7 days.

All of that won’t consist of Pageant Jam, which kicks off the festival every single 12 months. According to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Tunes, Inc., the organizer of Pageant Jam, the final do the job is currently being accomplished on this year’s lineup, which will be introduced at a later date.

The Riverside region

New to the Smoky Hill River Competition this yr is the Riverside place, previously recognized as the Bravo Phase and spot. Riverside chat will aspect Cash Hollistah and Connie Burket, as they interview set up artists, performers, and particular visitors who expose insights about their resourceful procedures, in accordance to competition organizers.

Also, “festival-goers of all ages can be part of the motion by executing their audio or poetry with Advert Astra’s poetry open up mic or jam. Be a part of the Sport Exhibit Party’s ‘live studio audience’ for the enjoyment of awareness, ability, and opportunity. Find out to hula with Martika Daniels or cling out with the Hip-Hop Wagon and join the development of freestyle hip-hop, drumming, and dancing,” competition organizers mentioned.

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

Pageant visible arts

More than 130 artists from 19 states will take part in the festival’s High-quality Arts & Craft Demonstrate, which includes 56 artists who are new to the competition.

Organizers also will commemorate the work of longtime competition art display volunteer Marie Chapman, who handed absent in June 2018. The 1st Marie Chapman Award, a $700 funds prize, will be presented during the artwork exhibit awards at the west facet details tent at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 4.

Additionally, young children ages 5 to 14 will as soon as once more have the chance to participate in the assortment of the Little ones Choice Award, offered to the festival artist who gets the most votes by Sept. 4.

The art patron method returns as perfectly with a wide variety of benefits for those who invest in a $100 ticket, including the subsequent.

• VIP Tent accessibility Friday-Sunday

• A personal Wonderful Art & Craft Present preview reception on Friday morning such as a whole hour of specific purchasing obtain

• An invitation to the exclusive Thursday night time premiere cocktail get together, during which artists and patrons mingle and connect.

Artwork Patron tickets are obtainable through Aug. 31 or until eventually sold out. For extra data about the artwork patron program, simply click on the Art PATRON Plan button under the Participate fall-down menu at riverfestival.com.

Study: Homage to the prairie is the 2021 Smoky Hill River Festival print

Study: Local artist generates 45th anniversary river pageant t-shirt

Furthermore, more than 20 installation assignments are positioned during the festival grounds just about every 12 months.

<b>An installation on bank of old Smoky Hill River Channel. </b>Photo courtesy Salina Arts & Humanities
An set up on bank of previous Smoky Hill River Channel. Image courtesy Salina Arts & Humanities

“These unique will work of artwork will surprise and engage individuals of all ages and give alternatives for artists to do the job past the studio to make web site-precise artwork,” pageant organizers pointed out.

New installations for the 2021 festival involve the next.

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

World’s Most significant Assortment of World’s Smallest Versions of World’s Most significant Issues Sideshow Extravaganza, Erika Nelson, of Lucas

Standing Wave at the Tony’s Pizza Occasions Middle Bridge, Mike Miller, of Wichita

Inside the Artwork/Craft Demo tent, “the resourceful method of skillful artists and artisans can be observed as they show their art-earning processes. These artists will be building in a wide range of components this kind of as ceramic, wood, mixed media, fiber and jewellery at a variety of occasions all throughout Pageant weekend!” organizers observed.

The artists include the subsequent.

Julie Cates, Salina
Combined media

Curt Krob, Salina
Mixed media

Ken Sims, West Des Moines, Iowa
Jewelry

Shawn Delker, Salina
Fiber

Layl McDill, Minneapolis, Minn.
Blended media

Gary Hobbie and Ross VanderHamm, Salina
Wooden

Tracy Musselwhite, Salina
Ceramics

Chelsea McKee, Lawrence
Glass

Artyopolis is a spouse and children-pleasant festival locale for youngsters and their caregivers. Artyopolis regions incorporate the subsequent.

• Arty’s Stage – An enjoyable option to look at, laugh, and participate with executing artists.

• Newborn Station – a shady place to improve a diaper, feed your baby, or give your little ones a split from the sunlight.

• Button Boulevard – Cruise by and make a a single-of-a-form button to put on all weekend extended.

• Generation Crossing – Make-and-acquire art tasks for budding artists. Think markers, stickers, paint, and paper. Just deliver your creativity!

• First Treasures – SATURDAY ONLY – Young artwork patrons ages 4 to 13, can find initial artwork from River Pageant artists, at economical costs of $5 or significantly less. Little ones can then fulfill their competition artist on-grounds.

• Video game Avenue – Vivid storefronts resembling a downtown Principal Avenue. Obstacle mates and family to get house the best rating. For the to start with time, Game Road will function eight pursuits that are physically engaging and captivating to all ages, with no a rate to take part.

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

• Lego Lane – Unlock your creativity to create figures, animals, machines, and more!

• Mistical Oasis – A end at the Oasis can be the excellent way to amazing down, get a next wind, and extend your Pageant remain.

• Paintchoo Plaza – Colour Me Crazy! Deal with Painting will create momentary overall body art with their new airbrush tattoos. Tiny tikes are not the only types who will want in on the enjoyment – older young children and older people will also line up for just one of these sensible airbrush tattoos.

• Audio Back garden – Musical sculptures assist youngsters experiment with music and rhythm.

<b>A variety of festival food is available. </b>Salina Post file photo
A variety of competition meals is accessible. Salina Publish file image

Noshing at the competition

Are you a pageant foodie? Far more than 30 food distributors are scheduled for the competition, which includes 7 new suppliers.

New vendor meals consist of the pursuing.

• Crawfish Boil

• Smooth Pretzels

• Frog Legs

• Meatball Sliders

• Coconut Shrimp

• Bacon-wrapped sausage on-a-adhere

• Deep-Fried Lasagna Sandwich

Other foodstuff vendor things include the following.

• Bourbon Rooster

• Chocolate-Included Frozen Cheesecake

• Chicken & Waffles

• Buffalo Burgers

• Do-it-yourself Root Beer

• Do-it-yourself Vanilla Ice Cream

• Kettle Corn

• Jumbo Rooster-Fried Steak Sandwich

• Indian Tacos

• Funnel Cake

• New-Squeezed Lemonade

• Veggie Noodle Bowl

• Smothered Burritos

• Cajun Sausage

• NY-fashion Pizza

• Shaved Ice

• Dippin Dots Ice Product

• Fish Tacos

• Sriracha Rooster Rice

• Cinnamon Roasted Nuts

• Polish or Italian Sausage

• Bierocks

• Pepperoni Roll

• Pineapple Bowls

• Rooster Cranberry Pecan Wrap

• Gyros