Festival Celebrates Salina's Senses
Jeff Garretson - Fri 02:47 PM 06/08/2012
The 2012 Smoky Hill River Festival is underway after last night's Festival Jam.
Friday morning the horn sounded and the gates opened for the first full day of activities.
Pam Jones of Salina was one of the first fans to set up her chair near the Eric Stein Stage for a day of music, sunshine and family. "A lot of times we just sit and listen to the music and hang out together - it's wonderful!"
The headline acts this year include the Steep Canyon Rangers on Friday night, Tea Leaf Green on Saturday night, and Black Girls closing out the festival on Sunday afternoon.
Lines formed early on Friday morning as vendors displayed their artistic fair.
Dan Banning with Roasted Corn out of Hutchinson tells KSAL News there's no way to rush a River Festival favorite over the fire.
"That's got to roast that corn for 28-minutes. It comes out perfect and you can't do it any faster can't do it any slower," he said. "Taste great and it's worth the wait!"
Behind the scenes of all the great music and art is an army of volunteers to keep the park spotless.
Scott Feranthold with the Boldy Go 4-H Club has been pitching in around the event for 15-years. "We're here every hour that the Festival is open, picking up trash," he said.
The 2012 Smoky Hill River Festival runs through Sunday in Oakdale Park.