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Three Rivers Executive Director talks security for this year's festival

Crews are putting the finishing touches on for the 50th year, and that includes security.

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 5:24 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2018 9:32 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The Three Rivers Festival is where you can find rides to make you scream your head off, games, live music, and get lost in Junk Food Alley.

Crews are putting the finishing touches on for the 50th year, and that includes security.

"We have great agencies that we work with, so rest assured there are lots of people involved making sure that when you bring your family down to the Three Rivers that you're bringing them to a safe atmosphere to come on down and enjoy what we have to offer," said Jack Hammer, executive director.

Hammer said safety is his priority at the festival and during the parade.

"During the parade, you'll notice some Fort Wayne dump trucks at some big corners, and those are there for the security of the people that are sitting in the street," Hammer said.

Hammer said, in the past, most arrests made during the festival were for outstanding warrants, but you should still have a plan if you'll be drinking during the festival.

"I say, always side on safety, so call Uber, have them pick you up, call a friend, get a designated driver. That's always very important," he said.

Hammer said you should also never leave valuables in your car during the festival.

If you follow these rules, and have a plan for going to the festival, Hammer said visitors will enjoy everything the 50th year has to offer, including a firework show from five downtown buildings to wrap the event up.

"We have a wonderful city that's growing and the Three Rivers Festival is very proud to grow with the city over the last 50 years, and we really look forward to the next 50," Hammer said.

The festival kicks off on Friday. The parade starts Saturday at 9:45 a.m.

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