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Village People part of lineup at Riverfest 2015: Button price goes up for the first time since 2006.

WICHITA -- Wichita Festivals, Inc. revealed the artwork for Riverfest 2015 and offered a sneak peek at the upcoming festival at a press event at Emprise Bank, sponsor of the 2015 artwork contest.

Wichita-based artist Roger Strunk won this year's button and poster artwork competition with his interpretation of Admiral Windwagon Smith as an astronaut with the Wichita skyline in the background to capture this year's theme, "Button Up. Have a Blast!"

The astronaut Admiral and his corndog-wielding turtle sidekick, Ace, will adorn advertisements, merchandise and admittance buttons Riverfest 2015, May 29-June 6. A version of the poster artwork will be featured on the adult button. The child's button, which was introduced for kids 6-12 in 2013, will feature Ace. Children five years old and younger get into the festival for free.

Jarvis also announced that for this first time in nearly a decade, the cost of the adult admission button will increase. Beginning May 8, the adult button price will move to $10. The price for the popular child's button will stay at $3. Before that date, adult buttons will be offered for an early-bird pricing of $5.

"Since 2006, the entertainment industry has changed and event costs are way up. Rather than scaling back our efforts or putting attendees and our volunteers through multiple price increases in the next few years, we're looking to the future, planning for a high-caliber event, and asking folks to pay just a little more than a dollar a day to enjoy it," said Jarvis.

Buttons are offered at the early-bird price now through May 7 online at or by calling Select-A-Seat at (855) 755-SEAT. Attendees can purchase early-bird buttons in person at the Select-A-Seat box office at Intrust Bank Arena or at the Wichita Festivals office April 17-May 7. Starting May 8, full-price buttons will be available at button retail outlets, including Dillons and QuikTrip.

Highlights of the 2015 festival were also revealed. "A robust schedule of concert headliners is planned for our two main stages at Kennedy Plaza and WaterWalk, including classic disco act the Village People. Our Kansas Health Foundation River Run race series will move to the second Saturday of the festival," Jarvis said. "Capitol Federal's large fireworks show will move to closing night. Meineke hot air balloons and Ackerman's Backyard will be back."

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