On Friday, Wichita Festivals, Inc. announced the winner of this year’s Riverfest artwork contest, and disclosed details regarding the festival at a press event held at Emprise Bank.
A piece by local designer Chris Parks was chosen to represent the 45th annual event. It will be used as the design for Riverfest buttons and promotional images.
The words “Party in ICT” appear in the design, and officials announces Friday that this phrase will serve as the theme of Riverfest.
This is not the first time Parks has won this competition. In 1998, his cartoon representation of an admiral driving a mechanical windwagon was the piece chosen to represent the event.
The design by parks was revealed on two different versions. The first version, which will be depicted on the adult buttons, closely resembles the red, white and blue Wichita Flag, and displays the words “Party in ICT.” A bicycle, water droplets, musical notes and a smiling sun can be seen in the background. The second version, which will be used for the children’s buttons, features the smiling sun as the focal point, and highlights red as the main color.
Parks received a $3,500 award for winning the design competition.
Button presale begins Friday, and adult early-bird buttons have seen a change in price this year. Now selling for $7 each, the price has jumped $5 from previous years. Child buttons will remain at $3.
Buttons can be preordered at Selectaseat through April 11, but service fees will be added to online orders. Beginning April 12 and running through May 5, buttons can be bought at the Cox Solutions stores, the Riverfest office, and the Intrust Bank Arena box office with no extra fees.
Beginning on May 6, buttons will be sold for $10 for adults and $3 for children. Children ages five and under are free.