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Contact: Brad Anderson or Kay Quinn, 785-309-5770


(SALINA 05-16) As River Festival time draws near, many will dust off their riddle and puzzle-solving skills for the start of the Festival Medallion Quest. The first Medallion Quest clue will be shared live from Eric Stein Stage in Oakdale Park between 12 noon and 1 p.m. during the Quest launch and Festival Friday in the Park concert on Friday, May 27.

The Festival Medallion Quest was launched in 2009 by Salina Arts & Humanities in partnership with Craig and Brenda King of King Industries Inc. The annual Medallion Quest demonstrates the creativity and connectivity that the River Festival embodies.

Since the Festival Medallion Quest’s inception seven years ago, thousands have taken part. The custom-designed Medallion is hand-crafted and looks different each time. In recent years, it’s been made from wood, paper, clay, resin or plastic, designed by an artist to resemble a leaf, nut-and-bolt, seed pod and other common objects. In 2015, the Medallion was an irregular-shaped, cast-resin rock placed in a retaining wall at Penn Avenue and Riverside Boulevard, north of Elm Street.

“The Quest parallels the vibrant spirit of the Festival over its 40 years,” says SA&H Director Brad Anderson. “It brings together friends and family to think creatively, problem-solve and explore the world around them from a fresh perspective.”

For the second year, two different Festival Medallion Quest clues will be provided each day, at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. On Day One, May 27, only one clue will be shared, during the noon-hour event in Oakdale Park. Each clue will be posted at these times on the Eighth Street door of the Smoky Hill Museum at 211 W. Iron and on the Festival Medallion Quest page RSS feed, at

The Festival Medallion Quest 2016 prize package includes:

  • $2,000 cash
  • $2,000 in Festival Gift Certificates, to be used for purchases in the Fine Art Show, Four Rivers Craft Show or Art/Craft Demonstration Area
  • Four complimentary Festival admission Buttons
  • One on-grounds Festival parking pass (weather permitting)
  • Invitation for four to the Art Patron Breakfast on Sat June 11
  • Assorted Festival T-shirts, CDs, and other Festival memorabilia

The first Medallion Quest clue will be read live from the Eric Stein Stage sometime between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m on Friday, May 27. In case of inclement weather, the concert and launch will be held in the Watson Room of the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, 151 S. Santa Fe.

Other activities that begin at 11:30 a.m. that day include free Pepsi samples, Festival Buttons and T-shirts on sale, a radio remote by News Radio 1150 KSAL, plus live music by Truckstop Honeymoon from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Prize drawings for two $100 gift certificates that can be used for purchases at the Festival’s two art shows and Art Demo area will be done between 12 noon and 1 p.m., with on-site prize registration and Button and T-shirt sales from 11:30 a.m. on. Alpha Media Salina is the designated media partner for the Medallion Quest launch and concert event.

There is no cost to participate in the Festival Medallion Quest. Participants must be 18 years of age to claim the prize. See complete Medallion Quest rules at or by clicking on the tan magnifying-glass Medallion Quest icon in the right margin of any page at

For more information on the Festival Medallion Quest or the Smoky Hill River Festival, call 785-309-5770, visit or find Smoky Hill River Festival on Facebook.



For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.


The Smoky Hill River Festival is the flagship event of Salina Arts & Humanities. A department of the City of Salina, SA&H has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966. The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Cultural Connections and the Friday Night Live event series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.