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As time draws near for the River Festival, those who fancy themselves sleuths and problem-solvers will soon get in gear for the start of Festival Medallion Quest 2014. The Medallion Quest first clue will be shared from the Eric Stein Stage near the conclusion of the Art a la Carte in the Park concert event, scheduled from 11:30a.m. to 1p.m. on Friday, May 30.
“We can’t wait to see the excitement that will spread across the community as the Festival Medallion Quest gets underway,” says Brad Anderson, director of Salina Arts & Humanities. “Last year, more than 300 people came to enjoy the day and join in the celebration of all that the Festival brings to our community.”
 The Festival Medallion Quest was launched in 2009 by the River Festival in partnership with Craig and Brenda King of Salina-based King Industries, who had enjoyed a similar activity during their dating years in Wichita. The Kings and SA&H staff decided that starting a similar community-wide event could be a fun way to demonstrate the creativity and connectivity that the River Festival exemplifies.
Since the Festival Medallion Quest’s inception five years ago, thousands have taken part. The custom-designed Medallion is different each time and is handcrafted. In recent years, it has been made from wood, paper, clay, or plastic, designed by a selected artist to resemble a leaf, nut-and-bolt, seed pod and other common objects.

 The prize package awarded to the winner who finds the actual Medallion includes:
• $2,000 cash
• $2,000 in Festival Gift Certificates, to be used toward purchases in the Fine Art Show, Four Rivers Craft Show, or the Art/Craft Demonstration Area
• Four Festival admission Buttons
• One on-grounds Festival parking pass (weather permitting)
• Invitation for four to the Festival's Art Patron Breakfast on June 14
• Assorted Festival T-shirts, entertainer's CDs, and other Festival memorabilia
 “The Quest parallels the spirit and tradition of the Festival over its 38 years,” says Anderson. “It brings together friends old and new to think creatively, problem-solve, and explore the world around them in a fresh way.”
For the second year, the Festival Medallion Quest will launch as part of the Art a la Carte in the Park concert, scheduled for Friday, May 30. The first Medallion Quest clue will be read live on stage sometime between 12 noon and 1 p.m., with other activities beginning at 11:30 a.m.
There is no cost to participate in the Festival Medallion Quest. Participants must be 18 years of age to claim the prize. See the complete set of Medallion Quest 2014 rules at, under the Events/Medallion Quest tab.
Other highlights of the May 30 Art a la Carte in the Park event include free Pepsi samples, Festival buttons and T-shirts on sale, live music by Everyday Lights, and a live radio remote by KSAL News Radio 1150 AM. Salina Media Group and the Salina Journal are the designated media partners of Festival Medallion Quest 2014.
For more information on the Festival Medallion Quest, Art a la Carte in the Park, or the Smoky Hill River Festival, call 785-309-5770, visit or find Smoky Hill River Festival or Salina Arts & Humanities on Facebook.

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew 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.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, 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 Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.