2012 River Festival, 100-Percent Fun
Jeff Garretson - Mon 11:54 AM 06/11/2012
The 36th Annual Smoky Hill River Festival was high on entertainment value and low on trouble.
Salina Police made zero arrests during the 4-day event in Oakdale Park.
Lt. Russ Lamer tells KSAL News that the Festival staff was well prepared. "The crowd was well behaved," he said.
Lamer added, "The private security hired by Festival organizers did a good job of solving issues."
Brad Anderson, Executive Director of the Salina Arts and Humanities praised his staff and team of volunteers.
"You can't foresee everything that's going to come up in a 4-day span - and they really came though in every way," he said.
Anderson was pleased with the turnout - despite Sunday's low gate count.
Anderson tells KSAL News that 70,918 attended the 2012 version. "We had a good showing Sunday - and huge turnout Saturday."
Anderson says some 30,224 people took in the sights and sounds of the arts on Saturday. Sunday's attendance was 7,297 patrons, a drop off from last year's final day by only 441 people.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the number from button sales," he said. That's the good number for me because 43-percent of our revenue for the Festival comes from the button sales."
Anderson explained that the addition of nine satellite offices throughout the area boosted button sales this year. "All indications are that button sales this year are going to surpass - substantially what we did last year," he said.
Outside the park - police did run a DUI check lane on Thursday following the Festival Jam and cited one driver for DUI.
Lt. Lamer says officers ran 83-vehicles through the check lane just north of the park at Oakdale and Smoky Hill Drive.
Another check lane that was set up just before midnight at 9th and Crawford also netted one DUI arrest.