Flint Hills Family Festival extends Ordway contract for 3 years

The popular and long-running Flint Hills Family Festival will return to downtown St. Paul for at least the next three years as a result of an extended agreement between Flint Hills Resources and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

This year’s festival — from May 31 to June 4 — drew roughly 14,000 attendees to free and low-cost performances, public art shows, crafts and food trucks by Rice Park, the Landmark Center and the Ordway Center.

The event drew roughly 7,000 students, teachers and staff from more than 100 schools across the Twin Cities and Wisconsin.

The festival was launched in 2001 by Wichita, Kan.-based Flint Hills – the operator of the Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount, which produces most of Minnesota’s gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel, as well as propane and asphalt.