Three Rivers Festival starts in Downtown Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Headwaters Park is ready as the Three Rivers Festival in Downtown Fort Wayne starts Friday.

Crews were downtown at the midway putting the final touches on rides and stands Thursday. Organizers say when the weather is good up to half a million people visit the festival.

However, one of the fan favorites, the raft races, Won’t be happening this year. We spoke to executive director Jack Hammer who says not to worry, the raft races will make a return next year.

“What we need to make it happen is people to come out and take part in it. Build those rafts, rent a raft we have made, and get out on the river, and enjoy this river. It’s beautiful,” Hammer said.

Some of the events taking place Friday include a Lego building challenge and a concert by the Boogie Wonder Band. The event runs through July 20th.

While the festival starts Friday, the unofficial start is the parade Saturday morning. Thousands will line up along the parade route tomorrow morning to watch. You can also watch from home. The tradition of broadcasting the parade right here on ABC21 continues this year.

We’ll have live coverage of the 51st annual Three Rivers Festival parade beginning at 10 am Saturday on air and will live stream it on the ABC21 Facebook page as well.

For more information on the festival, including daily schedules, visit

Jacob Burbrink

Jacob Burbrink

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