River Festival Has A little Something For Everyone
KSAL Staff - Sat 10:52 PM 06/09/2012
A large crowd has enjoyed the sights and sounds of the 2012 Smoky Hill River Festival.
Though it has been a little windy, the temperature has hovered in the lower 90s and there has been no threat of rain. Other than the wind playing havoc with a few umbrellas, the weather has been pleasant for the festival.
Fans Saturday morning were again lined up at the bridges as the gates opened, hoping to get a good spot in front of the stage.
Stage Manager Loren Banninger tells KSAL News that things have gone smooth for his crew this year. Banninger’s stage crew begins work early on Thursday to be ready for the Festival Jam, and will not be finished until late Sunday night, long after the final act has finished. The stage crew gets all of the bands and artists on and off the stage, including shuttling instruments on and off .
One of the biggest visible changes this year has been a large LED screen on the Eric Stein Stage. Fans have been able to enjoy images of the artists performing on stage.
As temperatures hovered in the lower 90s Saturday afternoon, the concession booths became popular. There were long lines at times as festival-goers lined up to purchase a glass of cool lemonade or other cold beverage.
Many also enjoyed some of the wide variety of food. Festival favorites include things like Indian tacos, corn on a stick, and funnel cakes. Entire meals are also available, featuring choices that include fresh seafood. And, for those who are a little more adventurous, there is an array of fried foods, including things like chocolate covered alligator.
Sunday will be the final day of the party in the park. Sunday afternoon's headliners Black Girls, a band of five white guys who play their own blend of "hip" music, will put the closing touches on the 2012 Smoky Hill River Festival.