Victory Fest, usually celebrated in June during Victory Week, has been moved to Aug. 19 in honor of the 1st Infantry Division’s 100th birthday. It will take place at the Marshall Army Airfield and lasts all day.
According to Fort Riley’s MWR Director Dave Roudybush who spoke at the April 27 MAC breakfast, the event will be open to the public — unlike many events on Fort Riley, citizens can gain access to Victory Fest simply by presenting a photo ID to the desk at the Henry Gate. For this event, a student ID will suffice.
Roudybush expects thousands of people to attend the event.
There will be events for everyone from children to soldiers — people of all ages will find something to do at Victory Fest. There will be entertainment provided by both nationally-known and local bands and stand-up comedy, carnival games for younger attendees, and a car and bike show.
The live music is the linchpin of Victory Fest, according to Roudybush.
“It’s really all about the music and the celebration,” he said.
The event will also feature food trucks, vendors, and displays which may appeal to anyone with an interest in the military, including children. The displays include military vehicles such as tanks and helicopters.
“You can actually climb up inside it, put the helmet on, get a picture inside, play with the controls,” Roudybush said. “You get to experience what it is that a soldier goes through ... the whole purpose is to showcase the Big Red One.”
Officials are still seeking volunteers, vendors, and corporate sponsors. To learn more about volunteering for Victory Fest, call Michelle Durgin at (785) 239-4920. For more information about becoming a sponsor, call Health Wilburn at (785) 239-3733. Sponsorships start at $1,500. To learn more about being a vendor at Victory Fest, call Nena Foster at (785) 239-5771.
Tickets cost $25 for Department of Defense ID holders, students, and veterans if purchased in advance or $35 if purchased at the gate. Non-military affiliated civilians may purchase tickets for $35 in advance or $45 at the gate. Children age 4 and under may enter for free and tickets for children age 5 through 12 cost $10.
There’s a special rate for families — $80 for four tickets for DoD ID holders, students, and veterans and $120 for people who aren’t military affiliated.
A corporate rate is available for $20 a ticket for a minimum purchase of 25 tickets.
Officials are selling platinum tickets for $100 or $350 for four tickets. This comes with covered, reserved seating, reserved parking, two meal tickets, four drink tickets, a dedicated cash bar, a private latrine, a chance for a meet and greet with the artists providing entertainment for the event, and a raffle for “the best seat in the house.”
These must be purchased in advance.