When EquiFest hits town next week, the majority of events will be in Tony's Pizza Events Center and the Saline County Livestock and Expo Center. Thanks to a partnership with the Salina Art Center, however, some events will be in downtown Salina.
“We are truly excited about the collaborative programming between the Art Center, downtown Salina, and EquiFest,” said Justine Staten, executive director of the Kansas Horse Council and event manager for EquiFest.
According to information provided by Salina Art Center, March 4-7 the Art Center Cinema, 150 South Santa Fe Avenue, has turned its facility over to Missouri film-maker, Adam Boster. Boster’s independent film, “The Lost Treasure of Jesse James,” has six showtimes and guests can meet Boster before each showing. Showtimes are as follows.
March 4 at 8 p.m.
March 5 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
March 6 at 3 p.m.
March 7 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
In the film, a backwoods team of Missouri kids race to solve a 100-year-old mystery and save their friends in this family friendly action adventure. Chased deep into ancient caves they must escape treasure hunters hot on their trail or be lost forever. Tickets are $11 and support Boster’s mission to grow grassroots independent filmmaking.
On Wednesday at 6 p.m., Boster will host a filmmaker’s workshop at Salina Art Center, 242 South Santa Fe Avenue. During this workshop, local filmmakers will learn how Boster and his Knights Treasure LLC made their two recent features, other films, why they chose these types of films, and their approach to building a sustainable Indy film business in their community. The workshop is free and open to the public.
Then, on First Friday, March 6, Boster and trick rider Matt Jobe, from the film, will be autographing movie posters at Salina Art Center from 4:30-5:30 p.m. While waiting for an autograph, guests can enjoy free cowboy poetry, song, and comedy by Geff and Dawn Dawson and Gary S. Pratt.
Geff Dawson brings the best of cowboy western entertainment to the Art Center with his original western music and cowboy poetry along with his western comedy. His songs and poetry are about his western way of life while working on ranches in the Kansas Flint Hills. Geff and Dawn Dawson will entertain with lots of laughter and fun as they bring the audience into their cowboy world.
Joining the Dawsons is Western Heritage Wrangler Award winner, Pratt. Pratt is an award-winning cowboy and western singer, songwriter, historian, storyteller, accomplished guitarist, and working rancher. Since the release of his first studio album project in 2002, Pratt has traveled the country performing traditional western tunes and his original cowboy songs. Pratt is an Oklahoma Arts Council Performing Artist.
The film and First Friday activities are sponsored in partnership with Salina Downtown Inc. and Salina Arts & Humanities.
Presented by the Kansas Horse Council, the 23rd annual EquiFest of Kansas all-breed horse fair and exposition is scheduled for March 6-8 in Tony's Pizza Events Center and the Saline County Livestock and Expo Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. each day. Admission is available at the event and is $15 per day or $35 for a three-day pass. There will be no advanced sales.
The event includes workshops, demonstrations, horse judging, shopping, a silent auction, a horseshoeing competition, kids corral, ranch rodeo, and special entertainment.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to equifestofks.com.