35th Smoky Hill River Festival
Experience the majesty, mystery, and music of the Smoky Hill River Festival!
The Festival begins with a hometown favorite – the Festival Jam on Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm. But that’s just the beginning as the Festival unfolds throughout three and a half days with special events, activities, and encounters, brimming with food, art, shopping, and entertainment.
Gates open at 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, activities run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Groovin! It all begins with the amazing Festival Jam – 16 bands of every imaginable musical style, changing every 15 minutes! The Jam showcases regional and local entertainers in a quick-time format building to the dazzling Giant Jam at evening’s end. Food vendors open their booths at 4:00 p.m. with a full menu of Festival fare. Start with the Jam and hang out till Sunday – there’s a lot more ahead! Admission to the Jam is by Festival button.
The following bands will play 15-minute sets, in order: Crossroads, Scragtown Werewolves, Bill Burrows Band, Imminent Domain, 4N, Troubled Times, The Breakpoint Method, Torch (replacing Cash Hollistah’s scheduled performance), Split Decision, Jimmie Lewin and the Kingtones, Paramount, Shotgun Sons, Soul Preachers, Last National Band, Steve Hanson, and the Blades.
Winners from the Salina’s Got Talent Competition will perform before the jam.
Bring your lawn chair and stake out a spot close to the stage – the 35th annual Smoky Hill River Festival promises to deliver the music styles you love, and music you’ll discover. Rock, funk, salsa, jazz, hip hop, swing, bluegrass, and more – you name it; you’ll hear it.
This year’s lineup includes:
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Big Band Dance, featuring Bobby Layne & His Orchestra with vocalist Trudy DuMay
Joe’s Pet Project
The Good Lovelies
John Jorgenson Quintet
Love Canon String Band
Chris McCarty & Band
Anasazi String Quartet
Joseph Vincelli Group
Roving around the Festival
For a complete list of performance dates and times, see the entertainment schedule.
Two national competitions bring more than 150 outstanding exhibitors to the Festival’s Fine Art Show and Four Rivers Craft Show. Kansas’ #1 art and craft destination present a marketplace of the highest quality, garnering acclaim and recognition from ArtFair Sourcebook, National Association of Independent Artists, Sunshine Artist, and the Harris List.
Art Participation Area ~ Everything those little hands need to make a masterpiece, all under the big tent, and every bit of it absolutely FREE! One of the Festival’s most celebrated features. New for 2011: Bead Bug, Braided Bracelet, and Clothespin Critters.
Children’s Stage ~ A jolly introduction to the performing arts for the young and young at heart, the Children’s Stage presents a grab-bag of smiles, songs, and silliness designed with families in mind. Discover: The kiddie rock of the Doo Dads; Laughing Matters, with comedy and juggling; Stories on Tour, storytelling and music; the crazy comedy of Il Teatro Calamari; and the Japanese Taiko drumming of Nagata Shachu. Special Guest on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. is Grammy-Award winning storyteller Bill Harley.
Games Area ~ Support community group sponsors present tried and true games of chance for the bubble-gum bunch. From pop-a-shot to the plinko boards, it’s a bustling bonanza! 2011 Line up: Dice Roll, Duck Pond, Dunk Tank, Fish Bowl Toss, Plinko, Pop-a-Shot, and Raingutter Regatta.
Face Painting ~ Nothing says “I’m having Festival Fun!” more than a colorful little face – you can be a prima donna princess, a brave buccaneer, a tiger or a silly old clown – what will your face be this year?
From start to finish, there are plenty of Festival activities for Festival goers of all ages. Pre-Festival activities include artist displays – and an up close look at making some unique pieces. Meanwhile, during Festival weekend, you can catch even more. The Big Band Dance on Festival Friday always draws a huge crowd, while the Festival Fitness Five foot races get Festival goers to the park extra early for a competitive, but fun, run or walk race. There are races for children too!
The Smoky Hill River Festival offers more than just music and art. It’s a Festival of fun! Learn more…
Maryland Crab Cake • Coconut Shrimp on a Stick • Creamy Coleslaw • Piña Colada • Jalapeno Flower Pot Bread • Grilled Souvlaki Dinner • Roasted Buttered Corn • Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich • Chocolate Covered Frozen Cheesecake • Fresh Squeezed Lemonade • Catfish Sandwich • Frozen Cappuccino • Rootbeer Creamer • Homemade Cinnamon Roll • Bierocks • Stuffed Black Olives • Island Noodles with stir-fry vegetables • Italian Sausage Sandwich • Garlic Chicken Burrito • Homemade Ice Cream • Greek Salad • Cinnamon Roasted Peanuts • Smoked Turkey Leg • Fresh Pizza by the Slice • Buffalo Nachos • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries • Mango Italian Ice • Sno Cones • AppleCider Slush • Toasted Cannelloni • Grilled Italian Panini • Bar B Que Ribs • Junkyard Dog • Bratwurst with Kraut • Egg Roll • Shrimp Fried Rice • Hot Wings • Sweet Potato Fries • Haystack Onion Strings • Homemade Tamales • Bagel with Smoked Salmon
Get Caught Reading
Members of the Salina Public Library staff will be roving the crowds, looking to catch people reading. When festival goers are caught reading at the Festival, they will be given special ribbons to affix to their buttons and will be registered to win an e-reader or an iPod. Acceptable items include magazines, books, newspaper, etc. – but not the River Festival program. Any festival-goer with a button is eligible; each person may only be registered once. All ages may participate.
Buy Your Button
Festival buttons can be purchased in Salina at all Dillons and Casey’s Stores, most banks, retail stores, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Salina Arts and Humanities office at 211 West Iron. Just look for the “Festival Buttons On Sale” signs.