The Three Rivers Festival sees record sales, cancels Bed Race

Three Rivers Festival

UPDATE (July 10, 2021):

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – After the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s festival, the Three Rivers Festival saw its largest opening day sales ever at Junk Food Ally.
“One thing is clear,” said John Nichter, President of the Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors. “Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana is ready to get back to normal.” Organizers made adjustments to spread vendors out more than a typical year and those guests that feel more comfortable wearing masks are invited to do so. The Festival says there was a steady stream of people all weekend excited to get their elephant ear, lemon shake-up or other treats.

However, leaders with the festival say that they’ve had to cancel a popular event this year.

The TRF released the following:

The Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors has also announced that there has been a change with the 2021 Bed Race. It has been replaced by the TRF Pickleball Experience presented by Fort Wayne Metals. The change came after some late cancellations by participants. Instead, the festival says the Fort Wayne Pickleball Association has stepped up along with Fort Wayne Metals and will give festival guests the chance to experience one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. “It’s great timing to bring in TRF Pickleball Experience as a replacement event,” said John Nichter. “The Pickleball Association hosted a 600-person regional tournament just two weeks before the festival. There is excitement about this sport in Fort Wayne.” There will be multiple Pickleball courts set up on Main Street Wednesday night along with instructors for festival guests to learn how to play. The event begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 14.

Full festival details can be found here

ORIGINAL STORY:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – A Fort Wayne favorite will return this weekend after a tumultuous year.

Although this year will not feature a parade, the Three Rivers Festival will get underway on Friday, July 9.

Under new leadership, the festival will also have some new features like a 50 50 raffle.

Ahead of the kickoff to the 2021 festival, the following was issued by Three Rivers Festival representatives:

After the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s festival, the Three Rivers Festival will be hosting its ribbon-cutting ceremony to signal the official kick-off of the 2021 Festival.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the community together after a year off of festivals, concerts, and events in Fort Wayne,” said John Nichter, President of the Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors. “Junk Food Alley, the Downtown Midway, Art in the Park, great entertainment – it’s all back at Headwaters Park!”

The 2021 Three Rivers Festival, presented by Ruoff Mortgage, runs July 9-17, 2021, at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne.

Full festival details can be found here