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5/1/2019 - River Festival Buttons on Sale May 1

Admission Buttons for the 2019 Smoky Hill River Festival go on sale at 40 locations across Salina and in 17 other cities on Wednesday, May 1. Advance-price Buttons are $10 or $15 at the gate. Children 11 and under get in to the Festival for free.

The sale of River Festival admission Buttons accounts for about 40 percent of Festival revenue each year, so individuals purchasing and not sharing their admission Buttons is critical to keep the Festival a high-caliber and affordable event, organizers say.

Admission Buttons are good throughout the 3 1/2 day event, beginning with the Festival Jam on Thursday night, June 13. The Festival's Fine Art and Four Rivers Craft Show, Artyopolis kid's area, food vendors, four live stages, art installations and more are open Friday and Saturday, June 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, food vendors only are open from 4 to 10 p.m., with the Festival Jam 6 to 10 p.m.

In addition to Festival admission Buttons, also available are Festival t-shirts, Gift Certificates in $20 increments and the limited-edition 2019 Festival Print by Salina artist Katy England. Festival t-shirts and Buttons may be ordered online. Festival Gift Certificates and the Festival Print are available for purchase only at the Salina Arts & Humanities office, upstairs in the Smoky Hill Museum at 211 W. Iron Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information on the River Festival or other programs or events of Salina Arts & Humanities, call (785) 309-5770 or visit, or To see a complete list of Button Retailer locations or to order online, click here.

For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at (785) 309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

The Smoky Hill River Festival, now in its 41st year, is the flagship event of Salina Arts & Humanities. SA&H, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966. The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Friday Night Live performance series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.