These are some of the many questions we hear about Admiral Windwagon Smith, the official ambassador of Riverfest.
The Admiral's story begins with an American tall tale.
Some say that Captain Smith and his Windwagon were only a legend, but wagons with sails were an actual part of early Kansas prairie history.
Admiral Windwagon Smith XLI_Steve Adelson
The legend became a reality in modern times when the Wichita River Festival adopted the Windwagon and its skipper (now promoted to Admiral) Windwagon Smith as their standard bearer.
Sam (Shipwright) Mobley, with much arm-twisting by his
wife Margaret (assistant festival director at this time) designed the original Windwagon.
Candidates for Admiral Windwagon Smith are nominated each year by the Wagonmaster Trail Bosses, the Past Admirals and the WFI Board of Directors, with the final selection made by the Past Admirals.