News Releases

9/17/2013 - Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair, September 28, 2013

Exhibit Information: Nona Miller
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day)

General Museum Information: Susan Hawksworth, Director
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day) 785.825.6306 (evening)


                                                           Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair
                                                               Autumn is Picture Perfect

The Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair takes place on Saturday, September 28, in and around the Smoky Hill Museum at 211 W. Iron Avenue in downtown Salina.  The Street Fair is a FREE day of celebration with music, participatory crafts and activities, historic demonstrators, food vendors and, of course, tours of the museum itself.

The Street Fair celebration begins at 10 am with a Salina tradition – a parade down Santa Fe - from Elm to the Masonic Temple. This year’s theme is “Autumn is Picture Perfect.” The parade will feature bands, dancers, businesses, military and much more.

The museum gallery is open 10 am – 5 pm for everyone to enjoy One Keepers Place (a discovery area for kids), the museum store, and a tremendous exhibit: Capturing an Image, which showcases the museum’s vast collection of cameras from a tiny c1917 folding camera made by Eastman Kodak to the giant commercial box camera used by the Salina Daily Union and Salina Sun until the 1950s.

Entertainment is planned on two stages. “The Dock” (east of the museum), a youth/community stage, will feature gymnasts, a magician, a juggling clown and Salina’s very own Cash Hollistah.

The Main Stage (north side of the museum) presents musical entertainment from popular regional groups.
The MudBugs, performing at 11 am-noon and 3-4 pm, blend elements of Cajun, zydeco, country, swamp pop and rockabilly into their instantly contagious Louisiana dancehall style. The group is well-known for their smiling faces and energetic live performances.

"You just can't be in a bad mood while listening to the Mudbugs," said one fan. "It's like an instant party!"
Tornado Rose, performing at noon-1 pm, has been winning audiences and defying genre classification since their inception in May of 2011. Tornado Rose is a band of talented, versatile musicians based out of Wichita. Their sound captures aspects of bluegrass, rock, folk, blues, red dirt, funk and soul for a reverberant mix of substance and surprise.

Terry Quiett Band performs at 1-2 pm. This blues rock band has, in just a few years, become a mainstay across America's heartland. From Sixth Street in Austin, to the windy city of Chicago, through the mountains of Colorado, across the deserts of Arizona, jamming down on Beale Street in Memphis, wherever they go, the Terry Quiett Band has won over young and old with their energetic and soulful sound.

“No amount of technique can ever make up for a lack of passion or commitment to the music. Terry Quiett has an extraordinary amount of each to generously share with his many loyal fans. It is a rare harmonic convergence not to be missed.” ~ Dave Rubin, 2005 KBA winner in journalism.

Roberto Bernadinello Trio performs at 2-3 pm. From Italy to London to California and Kansas, Roberto Bernadinello has the chops to play with the best and is a gifted performer. His eclectic mix of styles ranging from Brazilian to jazz and more is sure to captivate an audience.

"Roberto has integrated the sound of many of the greatest bassists and has a voice all his own. He is able to convey a beautiful melodic sensibility and an extremely lyrical feeling with his improvised bass solos. Besides, when I work with Roberto it feels like being in Italy, which is a good thing! His personality and musicianship all at once put you at ease and make you smile." ~ Christian Howes, jazz violinist.

Historic and artistic demonstrators will be on hand from 10:30 am – 4 pm as well, featuring a potter, a paper maker, a pen maker, a mountain man and caricaturists.

Favorite activities for kids of most ages include inflatables with the purchase of a $5 wristband that is good for the day. Friends of the Museum will have mini-golf for 50 cents per game. Free make-and-take craft stations will be set up all day as well. And of course, there will be food.

Thanks to sponsorships from many dedicated Salina residents and businesses, there is no cost to attend this day of celebration. Watch the museum web site,, for the most up-to-date information and come celebrate autumn on September 28 at the Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair.

The museum especially wishes to thank the following generous businesses and organizations for their sponsorship: Salina Downtown Inc., Cox Communications, Mowery Clinic, Assurance Partners, Salina Regional Health Center, Salina Media Group, Salina Journal, and Mid-Kansas Cooperative.

                                                                      What a weekend!
On the weekend of Sept. 27-28, the Street Fair joins several other events to create Salina AutumnFest, a unique collection of fun-filled area events designed to entertain, educate and enlighten the entire family. Salina AutumnFest 2013 events include:  Salina AMBUCS Oktoberfest, German Car Show and the Smokin’ on the Smoky BBQ competition. For more information on Salina Autumnfest visit
The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.