$12,000 in total cash prizes will be awarded during Raft Race 2016 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! Entry fee is only $50 per team!

Raft Race: Application

Build a Raft: Instructions



Join us on Saturday, July 16 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 each year! Spectators and participants can RSVP on Facebook!

Join the Raft Race without building 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.



Raft Race sponsors:

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2014 Winner for Speed: Commercial
1st place: Solid Design, 2nd place: Concordia Mens Crew, 3rd place: River Hockey League sponsored by Fort Wayne Outfitters

2014 Winner for Speed: Non-Commercial
1st place: Concordia Women’s Crew, 2nd place: Byron Health Center, 3rd place: Team Awesome

2014 Winner for Creativity: Commercial
1st place: Army National Guard Recruiters (Pirate), 2nd place: McMahon Tire (semi replica), 3rd place: Veterans Lawn & Landscape USS Nimitz Aircraft carrier

2014 Winner for Creativity: Non-Commercial
1st place: The Enter “Train” Ers (104′ long train raft), 2nd place: Ragnarok P.T. Gun Boat, 3rd place: Goonies pirate ship


Thank you to our supporters:

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Thank you to our media sponsors:

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