History from the top!
The fest was born when Mitch Lind and Kermit Weeks became music pals sometime in 1994 and later decided to try their luck at a music festival. The name Wings and Strings was coined and it was on it's way. Fantasy of Flight was a great place for the event, and featured all sorts of aerial displays...after all , it was at the worlds greatest display of historical aircraft! Not really understanding that the easy part was putting the show together and the hard part was gaining an audience, the first year had about as many people back stage as it did in the audience! It hurt! After this fiasco, they went to Snowbird, Utah later that year to ski, and while sitting in a hot tub having a rum & coke, Kermit decided to give it another shot. For the next 6 years the audience grew (check out the aerial pictures). It was an amazing event!
For reasons sort of unknown, Kermit decided he did not want to continue the show at Fantasy of Flight. He was supportive in the idea to take it to another venue, and still attends yearly with his wife Teresa and daughter Katie.
Lind Entertainment Corp was formed in March of 2002 and the festival was renamed RIVERHAWK (Either that...or start a Chicken Wings & Strings and have a wing cook-off!) The show was moved from the Fantasy of Flight Aviation Attraction to the Peace River Campground. After only one year in Arcadia, the fest found it's current home at the Sertoma Ranch. A few years later a new sister festival was started and coined STRINGBREAK. Both events are now owned and directed by the Lind Family . There are over 13,000 contacts in our data base, and a combined attendance of around 5000 attend these shows through each year.
Lind Entertainment Corp has now ventured into new territory planning events and festivals for other venues; providing stage and sound contracts and artist booking.
Thanks to all of you folks that have supported us through the years! We love ya!
President, Lind Entertainment Corp.
2002 RIVERHAWK Arcadia