The Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival will be from Aug. 17 through 19 with events in Athletic Park and on Sand Creek. There are currently about 20 events — some with multiple times — scheduled for the three days. Events on the creek will include a cardboard regatta and a “Floating Flotilla Parade.”
The festival grew out of a singular event on the calendar for 2017 — a "cardboard regatta" on Sand Creek.
"We saw how much fun the couples and families participating had," said Greg Hanson, festival organizer. "I was sitting there with people having a great time and I started thinking 'how can we do this again and how can we do this larger.'"
Events within the park will include a concert, a human foosball tournament, a kite expo, a kids entertainment area, a food truck rally,barbecue cook-off and a home brewing contest.
"Somewhere in there is an event for everybody," Hanson said. "A lot of fun stuff. ... Everything we do will be just a little left of center. It will be a 'I can't believe they did that,' but in a good sense."
There will be a 5K run through Athletic Park and along Sand Creek as part of the festival.
For music lovers there will be 10 musical acts on stage.
Aug. 17 will be "The Wild Seeds of Sand Creek," an ensemble concert from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Athletic Park.
The kickoff concert will feature Sam Unruh (classic country) and Amber Goldermann, the Sassanachs (Irish rock, traditional Irish, polka) and The Adam Capps Band (country/rock).
Throughout the day Aug. 18 there will be free music — featuring area artists Lander Ballard with George Graybill (blues); Dave Anderson (hammered dulcimer); Kim Coslett; and Johnny Gamble (acoustic guitar).
The headline concert will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 with "Paramount," an 80s tribute band from Salina, and the 90's and 2000's rock of "Bootleg Mercy."
There will be an additional ticket fee for the Paramount with Bootleg Mercy concert. Tickets are available online at sandcreeksummerdaze.com for $10 for those with a festival button and $15 for those without a button.