Decorated rafts float down the Arkansas River in the ever-popular Saturday morning raft race, 1992. Photo: Larry Fleming
Wichita River Festival
This ten-day-long event, founded 28 years ago,
has not only survived, but prospered. It features over 100
events, including live entertainment, cook-offs, a fishing
derby, and canoe, automobile, and bathtub races. A mainstay of
the Festival since 1976 is the Saturday morning raft race in
which decorated rafts float down the winding Arkansas River,
their occupants spraying the many spectators on the banks with
river water. Festivities are concluded with a pops concert by
the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and fireworks over the Arkansas
River. First held in 1972, the festival is an outgrowth of the
1970 Wichita Centennial Celebration.
Originally submitted by: Todd Tiahrt, Representative (4th District).
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