Three Rivers Festival Ends After Nine Days of Excitement


Published 07/20 2014 09:18PM

Updated 07/21 2014 07:24AM

It's been an exciting week of concerts, rides, and food at the Fort Wayne Three Rivers Festival, but unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
"It's kind of nice to see what Fort Wayne's done. I give them props, because it's really brought a lot of people here, so to see it like this...with all these people showing up at these events, its been nice," Fair goer Foxy Rice said.

With a lot of exciting events, there are a lot of "favorites" to pick from. Last week, the festival kicked off with an hour and a half parade, there was an artwalk, a waiter and waitress competition won by Applebees, and even a bed race. And then of course, you can't overlook the helicopter rides, kiddie rides, and the junk food.

Three Rivers Children's Fest was held at IPFW with games, rides and entertainment. Brenda Mudd said it's the perfect place to take grandchildren. "I think it's awesome. It is awesome. I seen a school they used to attend. I seen their teachers, and they are still doing great work. I think it's great."

And participants also made a splash in Saturday's raft race.  "To prepare for it, well, we did a lot of extensive math and science things. Built the raft in our garage, made sure it was all seaworthy, ready to go. Did some artwork to spruce it up a bit, make it look nice, and then we were good to go."

Tom Beuchel says with fifty groups participating, the competition is sure to be tough. "It's looking pretty fierce. I see a giant castle over there. There's people with giant paddles, look like some speed demons. I don't think we're going to be going very fast, but we'll have a good time for sure."

The raft race was on hiatus for 15 years, until it was brought back last year.

Over 400 thousand people attended Three Rivers Festival this year.  And while Saturday was the last day, Event Organizer Jack Hammer said they've already started planning for next year. 

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