Free water & traffic alerts, your 2018 Riverfest preview

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Don't let Riverfest sneak up on you, the annual festival is less than two weeks away. More than 400,000 people plan to pack downtown Wichita over a nine day stretch.

"If you wake up three days into Riverfest, you've missed a lot," said Mary Beth Jarvis the CEO of Wichita Festivals Inc.

Something drivers surely won't miss and will notice is a little more traffic in downtown Wichita.

People living in in areas that will see road closures were notified by a yellow postcard in the mail detailing the areas to avoid.

"You know we try to be a good neighbor in general ways," added Jarvis.  

Some closures start earlier than others but the expected traffic tie-ups will be on Douglas between Waco and Water.

Unless you’re staying at the Hyatt the other area to avoid is Waterman west of Main.

Sure, it may get bottled and backed up but remember it's only for nine days.

“We really work hard to interfere with business and our neighbors as little as we can," added Jarvis.

Aside from traffic talk, here is something new for 2018, free water! If you bring any empty bottle you can fill up at no cost.

Organizers will set up two massive free water stations each of them with the ability to hold 125 gallons of water.

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