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Wichita Festivals announced Tuesday that it is canceling this year’s River Festival due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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A Wichita couple, Meghan and Juanta Wolfe, have won the 2020 Riverfest art contest.

Their art for the River Festival’s poster and buttons was unveiled today at Emprise Bank. They also were presented a check for $4,000.

Meghan Wolfe is a freelance illustrator and photographer. She’s also president of the local chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists.

Juanta Wolfe is a freelance muralist and teacher for Arts Partners’ Generation STEAM.

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A Wichita native who has experience planning events in Chicago and Singapore is the new head of the Wichita River Festival.

Ty Tabing will become CEO and president of Wichita Festivals, which produces the annual nine-day celebration downtown.

Tabing has done economic development, city revitalization work and event planning in Chicago and Singapore. He returned to Wichita in 2017 and has worked with Wichita State University and the Douglas Design District on placemaking and infrastructure projects. He also serves on the Wichita Board of Park Commissioners.

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Stormy weather last week affected overall attendance at this year’s Riverfest in Wichita.

Wichita Festivals, the nonprofit that runs Riverfest, says about 445,000 people took in concerts, activities and fireworks during the nine-day downtown celebration that wrapped up Saturday.

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Four-time Grammy award-winning singer Yolanda Adams will headline the Gospelfest at Wichita’s Riverfest on Monday night.

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Wichita Festivals has unveiled the artwork for Riverfest 2019.

“Downtown Get Down” by Wichita artist Jay Walter will be featured on Riverfest posters, buttons and other merchandise.

Walter said this was the first time he had entered the Riverfest Poster & Button Artwork Contest. He won $4,000 for his winning design.

The 48th annual Riverfest is May 31 through June 8 in downtown Wichita. The nine-day event is expected to draw more than 400,000 people.

A Riverfest button allows a person admission for all nine days.

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From 1983 until 1986 The Revolution accompanied Prince on three ground-breaking albums, starting with the multiplatinum Purple Rain (1984) and ending with 1986's Parade, a record that served as the soundtrack to the film Under The Cherry Moon.

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DJ Carbon and Wichita musician Kyle Solomon open for Morris Day and The Time and The Revolution Saturday night at Riverfest. They are joined by guitarist Willy Simms and drummer Justin Crump.

Jedd Beaudoin: Have the two of you collaborated in the past or is this the first time?

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Award-winning gospel artist John P. Kee will be the headliner of this year’s Gospelfest on Monday at the Wichita Riverfest.


Trampled By Turtles began releasing music from its original home base of Duluth, Minnesota in 2004. By 2008 the sextet had its first Top Ten album via Duluth and followed that with two consecutive Number One LPs in 2010 and 2012. By 2016 the band members decided to take a break from the road. After a decade of releasing nearly an album a year and touring nonstop, it was simply time.