Wichita River Festival

Wichita Festivals, Inc.

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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An artistic depiction of the jacket worn by Admiral Windwagon Smith is the backdrop for the 2018 River Festival poster, which was unveiled Friday.

The poster was created by Wichita artist Joe Worley, who won $3,500 for his winning design.

“I love to create and share my creations with the world,” Worley said in a news release. “Having my art selected to be the imagery for this year’s Riverfest is a truly awesome and humbling experience.”

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I have lived in Wichita for nearly five years and never been to Riverfest. I’ve never really wanted to go - until this year. And there is a major reason why.

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With the annual Wichita River Festival approaching, the city says the Arkansas River is suitable for recreational use.

However, there are some advisory conditions you should follow: