We had a few questions about why we use the Mid-America All Indian Center and some request to change venues. We have continued to use the Indian Center because for now it works with our attendance levels and our vendors and the staff there have been extremely generous in helping us. And that means a lot to us and makes our jobs easier. The board has looked at other venues, but there is nothing that we can afford at this point that can serve our needs as well as the Indian Center. Century Two is out of our price range at the moment and it also places a lot of restrictions on outside food vendors and having alcohol at the festival. Another consideration we have to look at is the proximity of the venue to a suitable parade route. We have had a great experience with having our parade end at our festival venue and we would like to continue that if possible. Changing the parade route could result in more cost due to the amount of road closings and Police Officers needed. If we do outgrow the Indian Center, and that would be very bitter-sweet for us, we will definitely seek other venues. Our goals are always to look forward and keep growing.
We welcome any suggestions that you have on new venues for 2019 and beyond. Please come to one of our Wichita Pride Board meetings and share your ideas.