Riverfest is back for the 50th edition, June 3 -11 with all the old favorites; the food court and a pretty decent line up of acts.

Our readers may not be as excited as some are about Willie Nelson, who’ll perform at the festival on Sat., June 4, but old school music fans can appreciate War, the funk,/rock/soul group and The Family Stone, minus Sly.

Both groups have performed in Wichita before and they gave really great shows.

War will perform Sun., June 5 and The Family Stone, with special guest Rudy Love, Jr. will perform on Sat., June. 11.

But, what about Gospelfest?

Good question!! Gospelfest is on the schedule, but without a major headliner like we’ve become accustomed to.

At least, there isn’t a headliner scheduled so far, but Larry Burks chairman of the Gospelfest planning committee has set a goal of delivering on a major artists for this year’s Gospelfest.

We been blessed to have some great acts at Gospelfest over the past five or six years. We’ve had Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Tamala Mann, Rance Allen, and John P. Kee just to name a few and all for the price of a Riverfest butoon.

It’s that quality of an act that Burks and his committee hope to bring again this year, but it takes money.

Each year, $10,000 – $20,000 has been raised to make that level show a reality. Gospelfest, like all Riverfest events, is funded by sponsorships and corporate donations.

Burks and his committee have launched a campaign to raise $20,000 to ensure this year’s Gospelfest is one of the best yet.

They’re asking community organizations, churches. businesses and individuals to open up their pockets and give to Gospelfest. On behalf of Burks, the Gospelfest committee, Wichita Festival, Inc. and all Gospel Music lovers, I’m asking you to donate. Small amounts to really big amounts are welcome.

Here’s how to give.

If you’re writing a check, you can mail or bring it to: Wichita Festivals, 444 E. William, Wichita, KS 67202.

If you’re want to pay with a credit card you can call the Wichita Festival’s office at (316) 267-2817. Make sure you identify the contribution is for Gospelfest. If you’re sending a check, write Gospelfest on the check.

Rivefest buttons are on sale now through May t for $10 for adults and $5 for children at Meineke Car Care Centers. Regular price buttons will be $15. for adults and $5 for children.

Starting May 5, full-price buttons ($15 for adults and $5 for children) will be available at area QuikTrip stores. Admission for kids five and younger is free.

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