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Volunteers respond to call for Three Rivers Fest clean up

Volunteers are braving the elements to clean up the three rivers festival. Before the festival began its 51st year, organizers made a plea for volunteers, and people responded.

Posted: Jul 21, 2019 7:53 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2019 8:34 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The more the merrier, and not just for the fun.

"The big thing is getting the plaza cleaned up because we have to get the stage down, all the tables come down, all the hospitality stuff comes down so there's a lot of stuff that gets packed today, and then gets packed up tomorrow," volunteer Robert Anweiler said.

The goal is leaving Headwaters Park how it was before thousands rolled in for the Three Rivers Festival, and beating the heat.

"It's been a hot.. very hot busy week," volunteer Madison Bullerman said.

Some volunteers worked everyday of the festival and others heard the call for help coming out to volunteer for the first time.

"We had an influx of volunteers today a bunch of folks that I've never met before that have come out just to help today because of our plea, and we are so thankful for them because that's what really shows community. That's what the Three Rivers Festival is about," Three Rivers Festival executive director Jack Hammer said.

They really needed all hands on deck for the tents and trash.

"In something that we move in a period of 10 days, we take down and get it back in the trucks in less than 2,”Hammer added.

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