WICHITA, Kan - The Wichita River Festival is reporting a preliminary turnout of 460,000 for the nine days of events, which wrapped up Saturday night.
The two biggest days were the two Saturdays of Riverfest, June 2nd and June 9th, which had a turnout of 75,000 each day. The biggest crowd was 60,000 for the closing night fireworks. The "Purple Reigns" music event had the largest concert crowd since 2016, with around 35,000 people attending.
The festival also had a record low number of safety and security incidents, with only two arrests reported, in spite of huge crowds and hot weather. Wichita Festivals president Mary Beth Jarvis said in a press release that two new Water Monster refill stations helped people stay "happy and hydrated" and there were also areas of shade and misting tents to help people cool off in the hot temperatures.
Riverfest reports that over 9,000 volunteers helped with the event, including 2,100 new volunteers and volunteer groups from over 280 companies and organizations.