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Ty Tabing, president/CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc., joined by Sedgwick County Commissioner Lacey Cruse and Vice-Mayor Cindy Claycomb, announced that due to increasing concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), Riverfest 2020 will not take place. Wichita Festivals, Inc. instead is planning a four-day, fall-themed community event in downtown, a dynamic final celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of both Wichita and Sedgwick County.

Below are some FAQ and answers. If you have a question that is not answered below, please email [email protected]

Will the River Run still take place?
Yes, the Fidelity Bank River Run will be moved to Saturday, November 7, 2020. Details on race times and course will be released soon.

I’ve already registered for the River Run, what are my options?
You can participate in the Fidelity Bank River Run on Saturday, November 7, 2020. If you are unable to participate on the new race date, please contact [email protected]

I was wondering if the event does not happen will the sponsors receive a refund?
If possible, we are working with each sponsor individually to find a way to honor their sponsorship.  However, if the sponsor would like, the sponsorship could be carried over to 2021.

What date is Riverfest 2021?
Mark your calendars for June 4-12, 2021

Will the same acts return in 2021?
While most acts and tours are booked and routed far in advance, it is unclear if we can secure any of the same acts for 2021. If there was a particular act you wanted to see at this year’s festival, please let us know at [email protected] and we’ll do our best.

What if I signed up to volunteer for Riverfest?
Please send a message to [email protected] Jill will get back to you asap with other ways to volunteer in the future.

What if I signed up to volunteer at my school?
Please reach out to [email protected] and Jill will get with you on when and where you can volunteer.

Do I still get my Community Service Hours if I volunteered?
Yes, contact [email protected] and she will get you your hours emailed to you.

Will I be able to volunteer in the future?
Yes, contact [email protected] and she will let you know how to volunteer.

Can people still purchase 2020 Riverfest buttons even though it’s been canceled?
The 2020 artwork will be used for next year’s poster and button and we will likely update this year’s button to reflect that, so 2020 Riverfest buttons will not be available for purchase. If we decide to take another approach and sell this year’s button, we will let you know!

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