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