As always, the 9-day festival began with the Sundowner Parade.
Then, Kathleen and I moved toward the stage area. Master of Ceremonies for the evening, KSNW-TV meteorologist and National Weather Association President Dave Freeman, did his usual outstanding job.
We had a special bonus as the commander of McConnell AFB swore in the US Air Force's latest recruits.
While I had no business sharing a stage with these amazing musicians, it was a thrill to get to welcome everyone on behalf of AccuWeather.
|Photo by Martin Ufford|
|The Symphony moments before the concert began.|
|The view of thousands of my friends from the stage.|
|The Kansas Sky added to the festive atmosphere. The crowd cheered when I mentioned its beauty.|
As usual, the fireworks were spectacular. The fireworks were set off over the Arkansas River which runs right through downtown Wichita. Here are a couple of brief samples:
Starting today (Saturday), there will be a zipline across the river and many other activities focused around the river.
P.S. I will not be doing any more comprehensive reports on this year's festival. I wanted to provide these two reports so people from outside Wichita would understand what a wonderful event it is and, hopefully, come and join the "party on the prairie."