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5/22/2018 - Festival Medallion Quest 2018 Launches at "Festival Friday in the Park" Concert

Salinans are almost ready for summer and are definitely ready for the start of the 2018 Festival Medallion Quest. The first Medallion Quest clue will be shared live from the Eric Stein Stage in Oakdale Park between 12 noon and 1 p.m. on Friday, May 25, during the Quest launch and "Festival Friday in the Park" concert.

The Festival Medallion Quest was launched in 2009 by Salina Arts & Humanities, in partnership with King Industries, to demonstrate the creativity and connectivity that the River Festival embodies year-round.

Since the Festival Medallion Quest's inception, thousands have taken part. The custom-designed Medallion is hand-crafted and looks different each year. It's been designed to resemble a leaf, nut-and-bolt, seed pod and other common objects. In 2017, the Medallion was a cast-resin tree-bark fragment found at the base of an oak tree along a path in the River Woods Nature Trail Park near east Cloud Street.

Just like last year, two different Festival Medallion Quest clues will be provided each day, at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. On May 25, only one clue will be shared, during the noon-hour event in Oakdale Park. Each clue thereafter will be posted at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily, on the Eighth Street door of the Smoky Hill Museum at 211 W. Iron Avenue and also on the official Festival Medallion Quest page RSS feed, at

The Festival Medallion Quest 2018 price package includes:

  • $2,000 in 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 during Festival weekend

  • Four complimentary Festival weekend admission Buttons

  • One on-grounds Festival parking pass (weather permitting)

  • Invitation for four to the Thursday evening Art Patron Party on June 7

  • Festival T-shirts, CDs, and other Festival memorabilia

In case of inclement weather, the concert and launch will be held at the Salina Innovation Foundation at 336 S. Santa Fe.

Other activities that begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 25 include free Pepsi samples, lunch for purchase from Chapman's Take Away food truck and Festival Buttons and T-shirts on sale. Prize drawings will be between 12:00 and 1 p.m. for two $100 gift certificates to be used for purchases at the Festival's two art shows and Art Demo area, with on-site prize registration and Button and T-shirt sales from 11:30 a.m. on.

Other highlights of the Quest launch event include a live radio remote by News Radio 1150 KSAL and live music by Herringbone from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Drawing from rock 'n' roll influences including Bob Dylan, Jack White, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, James Taylor and Neil Young, Herringbone will entertain Festival and Medallion Quest fans that day. Rocking M Media 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 performance series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.