The Wichita River Festival made it official. It is moving to June next year. I think that's a good idea, it will cut down on the number of conflicts with schools still in session and graduation ceremonies. There are other things the festival can do to make it more appealing to visitors and the people who call Wichita home.
Bottom line, the festival needs to be shorter. Are there really enough activities to warrant a nine-day event? I compare Wichita's event to the annual Smoky Hill festival in Salina. All of the events in Salina are packed into three days in one location. Before you think Salina's event is small time, consider this year's headline performers included Kathy Mattea and Delbert McClinton. I think Wichita could condense its activities into fewer days, providing more fun in a shorter amount of time.
Now to the "button" issue. Why not raise the price of the buttons and eliminate any added ticket costs for headline performers? Buy a $10 button you get admission to any event you want, plus throw in free parking in designated areas. Ten bucks for three days of fun? Sounds like a no hassle bargain to me.
Those are my thoughts, i'd like to hear yours.