Statement issued Tuesday by the Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival:
Fort Wayne, Indiana (July 11, 2011)- The Lutheran Health Network Parade, a Three Rivers Festival favorite, kicked off Saturday , July 9th at 10AM. The theme for this year's festival is "The Sights and Sounds of Summer."
Almost all events were judged during the Parade. This year's Parade judges were, in fact, judges, of the Allen County Superior Court. The three Parade judges were the Honorable John Surbeck Jr., the Honorable Wendy Davis, and the Honorable Fran Gull.
There were four categories that parade floats could win, each with a commercial and non-commercial division. For the Sweepstakes trophy for "Best Overall" floats, Sharon's Victorian Home won the commercial award, while Mayor Henry and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation float won the non-commercial award.
Awarded the Mayor Henry "Most Original" trophy for the commercial division was Texas Roadhouse, while the pick for the non-commercial division was General Federal Credit Union. The TRF Parade Committee "Best Adherence to Festival Theme," award went to Do It Best for the commercial division and Good Shepherd United Methodist Church for the non-commercial division. The last category for floats was the Admiral Andy trophy for "Most Educational/Appeals to Children." The winners for this category were determined before the Parade by the judges. The awards were presented to Tumble X for the commercial division and Windsong for the non-commercial division as the floats passed the judges' stand. All float winners were presented with plaques for their jobs well done.
Specialty Units also have a chance to win with the same two divisions as the floats, commercial and non-commercial. Specialty Units can win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in their respected division with the winners being chosen by the Parade judges. For the commercial division, first place went to American Sportsworks, second place to Roller Dome Skating Center, and third place to Stoner's Funstores. For the non-commercial division the winner for first place was Ball State University, second place went to First Assembly of God Church, and third place was awarded to Wailhounds. Specialty Units winners can pick up their plaques at the Festival Office at any time.
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, marketplace, and a fireworks finale.