March 7, 2010
Wichita Festivals, Inc. (WFI), announced Saturday that Devin Hansen, President of Sunflower Travel Corporation and a 15-year Riverfest devotee, was chosen Admiral Windwagon Smith XXXVII at an unveiling ceremony held at Go Wichita! Convention and Visitors Bureau on Saturday.
“We are thrilled to honor and recognize Devin for his years of hard work and service to Riverfest,” explained Janet Wright, WFI President/CEO.
Hansen, a travel buff, made his grand entrance to a packed conference room after a photo presentation of numerous destinations the Admiral has visited.
Hansen has been involved with Riverfest and Wichita Festivals for more than 15 years, beginning with the merchandise committee in 1994. Since then, Devin has served as General Chair of the Riverfest Operations Committee and Chair of the Wichita Festivals Board of Directors.
“I’ve been volunteering with the Festivals since 1994, so I’ve been around many of the past Admirals,” Hansen said. “I’m extremely flattered to have been asked to represent Riverfest as the Admiral this year… and hope that my beloved operations committee can carry on without me for a year,” Hansen said jokingly.
When he is not busy with Riverfest or his other community organizations, Devin finds time to enjoy some of his favorite hobbies: racquetball, cooking and of course, traveling.
Devin and his wife Lisa, who happens to work at Wichita Festivals as the Vice President of Finance and met Devin through his festival volunteering, rack up frequent flyer miles on a yearly basis. Devin and Lisa have traveled all over the United States and Europe, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and have a trip to Belize and Argentina planned for later this year.
The official piping aboard ceremony by the Wichita Wagonmasters took place after Hansen received the official sword of the Admiral, passed down by last year’s Admiral, Dave Carter.
The Admiral will be visible from now through the Festival, visiting children’s hospitals, speaking on behalf of Riverfest at many Wichita civic organizations and of course at Riverfest events. Hansen will also be blogging on the official Riverfest website, wichitariverfestival.com, up to and through the Festival, as well as posting on the Admiral’s Facebook page, Wichita River Festival fan page and Twitter.