GREENFIELD — Anyone who doesn’t attend this year’s Riley Festival will miss something that hasn’t happened in the 43 years since the event’s inaugural in 1970 and won’t happen again for at least another decade and a half.
No, it’s not a new, one-off take on the elephant ear.
It’s the festival’s theme poem for 2013: James Whitcomb Riley’s “The King.”
Each year, the festival anchors itself soundly to one of Riley’s poems, but there’s not a lot of science that goes into deciding which piece of prose makes the cut in any given year.
“The (festival) board usually just picks one,” said Riley festival office manager Linda Lowe.