Statement issued Tuesday:
The Three Rivers Festival Executive Board named Jack Hammer the Festival’s executive director.
The Festival board named Hammer interim executive director in early June. It then voted unanimously at its August 9 board meeting to remove the interim tag and give Hammer the position on a full-time, permanent basis. He had already been serving the Festival as a member of its Entertainment Committee.
“It’s an honor for me to help lead the Festival into what we hope is an exciting new future,” Hammer said. “I truly appreciate the board giving me this chance, and serving as the executive director of the state’s second-largest summer festival is a responsibility I take seriously.”
Hammer is a well-known local media personality, with more than 20 years experience in northeast Indiana media. He’s been involved on many board and fundraising activities and has helped in the planning of many large Fort Wayne events, including the 1996 Fort Wayne Bicentennial celebration.
“Jack’s enthusiasm for this festival, this city and this region make him a perfect fit to lead this event,” Dave Bleke, acting president of the Festival board, added. “The board and staff are very excited to have him as an integral part of this community institution.”
About the Three Rivers Festival
Founded in 1969, the Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival is Indiana’s second-largest summer festival and an annual 9-day celebration of Northeast Indiana. Events include a televised parade, a fine arts show, crafters’ market, children’s and senior’s mini-fests, live entertainment, food and beverage concessions, a home and lifestyle marketplace and a fireworks finale.