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Today at the festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Three Rivers T.R.A.I.N. Display. Special model railroad exhibit featuring an HO scale and fully operational freight yard; Regular museum admission applies ($5 adults, $3 students and seniors, and members or kids 5 and under free); History Center, 322 E. Berry St.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – DeBrand Chocolate Tours. Behind-the-scenes tour through DeBrand’s chocolate-making kitchens; $5 per person with $5 rebate on $10 purchase after the tour; DeBrand Headquarters, 10105 Auburn Park Drive
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Junk Food Alley. Food vendors offering traditional festival favorites, including elephant ears, slow-cooked barbecue and fried cheese, and new festival dishes, including German chocolate funnel cake; Prices vary; near Headwaters Park.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Vera Bradley Festival Plaza. Presented by Meijer and Hoosier Metal, park plaza providing meal seating. There is regional and national entertainment after 6 p.m., with varied admission prices; Headwaters Park East, 333. S. Clinton St.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Downtown Midway. Carnival featuring amusement rides, free displays, free hot-air balloon rides and fee-based attractions such as helicopter rides, laser tag, old-time photos, caricatures and face painting; Individual tickets or all-day wristbands can be bought for amusement rides; Headwaters Park East and West, 333 S. Clinton St.
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – TinCaps and American Red Cross Blood Drive, Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. One free ticket to July 16 TinCaps game for those who donate blood. To schedule appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Art exhibition; University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts, Rolland Art Center, 2701 Spring St. 35th annual Ventures in Creativity Art Exhibition by the Fort Wayne Artists Guild; free.
11:30 a.m. – Waiter-Waitress Contest presented by Visit Fort Wayne and Sysco. Festival Plaza, Headwaters Park East. Three member teams will compete in a restaurant-style obstacle course. Spectators free; $30 team fee.
Noon to 5 p.m. – Art and music: “The Voice in the Forest,” an installation by painter/composer Michael Rhoades; free. Lotus Gallery, 1302 Lafayette St., Suite 205.
1 and 6:30 p.m. – Poker Extravaganza, American Legion, Gateway Plaza, 1553 Goshen Road. $10.
3 to 8 p.m. – Picture Your Pet, Lakeside Park Pavilion 2, 1401 Lake Ave. Professional photo shoot featuring families with pets. $15; must sign in by 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit local animal safety education.
4:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Dearly Departed, a tour through historic Lindenwood Cemetery to hear stories of Fort Wayne’s famous and infamous residents. Presented by History Center and ARCH. Lindenwood Cemetery, 2324 W. Main St.; free.
6 to 9 p.m. – “Famous in the Fort” Talent Contest, Headwaters Park East, Vera Bradley Plaza. A “Gong Show” type talent contest. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 and WFFT Local. $5; kids under 12 with an adult free. Potential performers need to arrive by 4 p.m.
7 to 8:30 p.m. – Ice Cream Social at IPFW featuring the Fort Wayne Community Band, 201 E. Coliseum Blvd. Enjoy Edy’s ice cream for 75 cents a scoop or all-you-can-eat ice cream bowls and root beer floats for $5. Also family activities.
Photos by Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Alex Jones, 6, gets a look at his broken egg, which was packed in his mother’s hair curlers before being dropped off the roof at the Egg Drop Eggstravaganza at Science Central on Sunday.
Three Rivers Festival

Broken dreams at egg drop

An egg packed in a cardboard box is shoved from the roof of Science Central.

What worked:

Plenty of Bubble Wrap, maybe some foam padding and anything that can slow down the descent.

What didn’t work:

Bicycle helmets, a Kleenex box, anything heavy and, as 18-year-old Hannah Vandell found out during this year’s Design Collaborative Egg Drop Contest at Science Central, a cake full of pudding.

“There was no saving that egg,” the incoming IPFW freshman said.

The competition, which requires contestants to design a contraption that will protect an egg during a free fall from Science Central’s roof, was part of Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival.

The event brought together people of all ages looking to test their creations as well as their grasp on physics.

Vandell’s was one of the more unusual designs. Most people stuck to heavy padding and boxes.

But Vandell baked a cake, filled it with pudding and even decorated it with iconic images of Fort Wayne in the icing, including the Komets logo. She inserted the egg in the middle, hoping it would stay protected by the time it got to the ground.

“I almost made it work last year,” she said. “That time I used shaving cream, though.”

Vandell and a few dozen people watched as her cake plummeted through the air, hit the side of a tub on the ground and splattered, sending bits of frosting, pudding and egg everywhere.

“It maybe had a chance if it didn’t hit the side (of the tub),” Vandell said.

Egg drop competitions have probably been around since the egg itself and man’s curiosity with physics. Nearly every child who goes through school will encounter one at some point.

And for good reason, said Martin Fisher, the executive director for Science Central.

Children, in general, can learn science by using their hands to create or test things. Egg drop competitions allow them to create their own designs, to test those designs and make their own modifications.

Essentially, it gets them to become scientifically literate.

“And it’s fun!” Fisher added.

Fun, and not just for kids.

Gina Burgess, who is running for an at-large seat on Allen County Council, worked with a group to come up with a design to drop.

She and her collaborators put an egg in a plastic butter tub, wrapped that in foam and padding, encased that in two bicycle helmets and buried those in more padding before sealing them in a cardboard shipping box.

The result after the drop: One busted egg, one busted bicycle helmet.

“Well, I guess this highlights helmet safety at least,” she said jokingly.

Fisher’s 7-year-old daughter, Lauren, came up with a last-minute design, he said.

She kept the egg in part of an egg carton and just taped it up in padding and bubble tape.

“I give it a 50-50 chance of surviving,” he said right before her drop.

But to his family’s delight, the massive but light ball of Bubble Wrap and tape floated gently down the building, landing first on the an area over the entrance of the building and then, with barely a sound, onto the ground below.

And inside was one intact egg.