$12,000 in total cash prizes will be awarded during Raft Race 2017 including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the commercial and non-commercial / individual divisions, for “Fastest Raft” and “Most Creative Raft” as well as Three Rivers Festival parade theme, holiday theme, sports theme, and interestingly engineered! The Raft Race starts at Swinney Park and ends at the MLK Bridge. Entry fee is only $50 per team!

Raft Race: Application

Build a Raft: Instructions



Event: The Raft Race kicks off at Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m. for Fort Wayne’s original river event, the Three Rivers Festival Raft Race! Homemade and rented rafts paddle down the Saint Mary’s River for cash, fame, and glory. Whether it’s for speed, beauty, or laughs, you will see a wide variety of rafts this year! Spectators and participants can RSVP on Facebook!

Participants: The Raft Race starts at Swinney Park, west of the bridge over the St. Marys River with entry on W. Jefferson Blvd near the old pool. There is a large parking lot. You can bring your raft for “put in” on Friday, July 14 from 4:30 pm – 8:30pm OR Saturday, July 15 from 8am to 1pm. Your raft must be in the water by noon on Saturday to be judged! On Saturday, allow plenty of time to get your raft inspected and launched, the earlier the better so you will have time to lounge on your raft and enjoy the river.

Each team’s Raft Race registration packets (put-in and take-out instructions, rules, and raft numbers) MUST BE PICKED UP at G. I. Joe’s Army Surplus at 1638 Wells Street, July 11 – 14 from 10am to 6pm.

Rent A Raft: We have a limited number of 8×8 rafts available for rent for $125 that includes: registration fee, paddles, and life vests. Details available in the Raft Race application.

Activities: Anyone can join us for the Three Rivers Festival Raft Race activities! Sport Wayne will have the zip line up during the event at the Historic Wells Street Bridge. Phil’s Hobby Shop will have remote control boats at the Outfitters doing demo’s at 11am – 1pm before the Raft Race. Live bands will be playing from the Outfitters on the river featuring Teresa Long, Paul Stephens, Jitterbug, Perfume, Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae, Barkin’ at Knots!



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