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– Riverfest 2017 ended on high notes, festival officials announced today, with a total attendance of 410,000, driven by large concert crowds for the Koch Presents Common and Randy Newman shows Friday, June 9; and Spirit Aero Systems Rockin’ on the River with OK Go and Fiesta Del Rio on Saturday, June 10.“After rain showers softened crowds the first weekend of Riverfest, Mother Nature smiled on us, and attendance and food sales finished strong,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that produces Riverfest.
“People loved the entertainment, river events and activities for kids and adults alike, and they really enjoyed our new amenities: a huge shade tent in the food court; misting tents at each concert venue; a new app, courtesy of Westar; and a giant screen to simulcast events and showcase some of our nearly 8,000 volunteers, sponsors and collaborating organizations.”Here are Riverfest 2017 results in to date: • 410,000 total attendees: o The largest-drawing events within the festival included a crowd of 60,000 for the Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale, 45,000-plus people for the Safelite® Auto Glass Sundown Parade and popular concerts, including Spirit Aero Systems Rockin’ on the River with OK Go (25,000), Koch Presents Common (25,000), The Flaming Lips (18,000) and Mavis Staples, Randy Newman and Fiesta Del Rio, which each drew crowds of 15,000.
Blacktop Nationals, which was moved inside Century II Expo Hall to give visitors a chance to take an air-conditioned break from the heat, noted attendance of 9,000 festival-goers.
• Popular participatory events included the Cardboard Regatta, Kickball, the Beard and Mustache Contest and Canoe Races.