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Wichita Festivals has revealed the design that will be seen on posters, admission buttons and t-shirts for this year's Wichita River Festival. Local artist Dustin Commer won the annual artwork competition with an octopus holding items representing favorite attractions at Riverfest. He calls his character "Ollie the Octopus."
Wichita Festivals president and CEO Mary Beth Jarvis said it was a difficult choice this year, with around 30 entries in the competition. Commer is now a 3-time winner of the Festival artwork contest.
In addition to the poster art, designs were revealed for 2 Riverfest buttons. There is again a $5.00 button for adults, but for the first time, there will also be a $3.00 child button for youngsters 6 to 12. Children 5 and under will still get into the festival for free. Jarvis said this means that a family of 5 can get into the festival for less than $20, and she wants this to be an invitation for working families to come down and enjoy the festival.
This year's Admiral Windwagon Smith will be announced on March 13th, and the Wichita River Festival will run from May 31st through June 8th.
[ in photo at left, artist Dustin Commer poses with the 2 Riverfest button designs for 2013 ]