Three Rivers Festival turns 50: Fort Wayne’s fun event by the numbers

This is the logo for the 2018 Three Rivers Festival, which is celebrating its 50th year. (Courtesy of Three Rivers Festival)

As Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers Festival celebrates its golden anniversary, we take a look at some of the numbers associated with the 50-year-old celebration of civic pride:

500,000: The number of people expected to visit.

65,000: The amount in dollars charged to the festival for police protection.

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8,000: The number of people who attended the most popular concert event, a Bob & Tom Band show in the late 1990s.

5,000: The amount of dollars it takes for helium for the parade balloons, which cost $10,000. Also, the number of TRF buttons for sale.

500: The approximate number of volunteers. Up to 200 volunteers might be needed for one weekend event, such as the SDI River Excursions.

100: The anniversary year of the 112th Fighter Squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing based in Toledo, Ohio. The 112th will have a flyover of its F-16s at the parade.

118: Number of units registered for this year’s parade, down about 10 from last year.

100: Number of vendors expected at the Emporium in Headwaters Park West.

44: The number of years that TRF has sold buttons.

45: The number of feet tall that the new “Sesame Street” Cookie Monster float will stand.

35: The height in feet of the new float of Abby Cadabby, another “Sesame Street” character.

30: The number of days before the 2010 festival that current director Jack Hammer was hired.

40: Number of food vendors expected this year in Junk Food Alley.

6: The number of hours Hammer expects to sleep at night, minus his wedding anniversary night. Happy, 34th, Mr. and “Mrs. Hammer.”

5: The number of buildings that will set off fireworks for the festival finale: Lincoln Tower, Rousseau Centre, Indiana Michigan Power Center, 1st Source Bank and 202 Metro.

2: The time in hours that the parade is expected to last.

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