IPFW RiverFest

Presented by Steel Dynamics
from 9 a.m. to midnight
along the banks of the St. Joseph River on the IPFW campus

The entire community is invited to the IPFW campus for RiverFest —a day of festivity and celebration for one of Fort Wayne’s most prominent natural resources, our rivers.

It’s a day for families, friends, and anyone who loves nature, sports, art, music, and food to indulge themselves in a day of riverside activities. From early morning to late at night, you’ll find events for all ages as well as a chance to get a free prizes like high pressure shower heads.

For now, mark the date on your calendar and keep checking back. We’ll start posting more information on RiverFest soon!!

The RiverFest Mission

The mission of IPFW RiverFest is to preserve, protect and promote Fort Wayne’s rivers by raising awareness through education and fun. This event will stimulate interest in preserving our city’s rivers and supporting initiatives of the Fort Wayne Friends of the River.


Winning “Rockin’ Chair” bids posted

Curious what your favorite “Rockin’ Chair” sold for during the RiverFest silent auction? See each chair’s winning bid on the Artists’ Rockin’ Chair Auction page!

2011 River Walk/Run complete results

Runner on pavementCurious how you did in Saturday’s River Walk/Run? Here’s the complete list of River Walk/Run results, in handy Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

According to the timekeepers, some racers forgot to put their names on their timing cards, so if you can’t find yourself on the list, that’s probably why.

To view the document, you need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

Download the River Walk/Run Master Results (PDF)

RiverFest t-shirt sale

RiverFest 2011 t-shirts

RiverFest 2011 t-shirts available in gold and blue

Get an awesome deal on a great t-shirt. It’s the perfect reminder of last weekend’s fun on the river!

Just $5!

Pick up gold or blue IPFW RiverFest 2011 shirts for just $5 each at IPFW’s University Relations office, in the Support Services building on the IPFW Campus.


Please bring exact change in cash or you can write a personal check. (Sorry, we can’t accept credit cards for these.)

Where to buy

It’s easy to find — just come in through the Anthony Boulevard entrance to campus, then follow the drive past the Science Building and the Liberal Arts building. When you get to the end of the road, look for a parking space. University Relations shares the same building with the University Police. (We’re the entrance door without the police shield on it, but you probably figured that out already.)

Sizes available

The shirts are available on a first come, first served basis. Shirt sizes currently available:

  • Blue youth sizes: small, medium, large (adult small)
  • Blue adult sizes: small, medium, large, XL, 2XL, 3XL
  • Gold youth sizes: none
  • Gold adult sizes: large, XL, 2XL

Thanks again for supporting IPFW RiverFest. We’ll see you next year!

306 participants finished the 4Km River Walk/Run. The top places in each category are listed below. You can download a master list of all finishing times.

Top Runners Ages 14 and Under

1st Male – Chris Myer 16:03
1st Female- Nicole Fosnough 18:09

Top Runners Ages 15 and Over

1st Male- Alex Cashman 14:14
1st Female- Nicole Vanshyock 16:06

Top Wheelchair Participants

1st Male- Greg Mitro 1:04:36
1st Female- Rachel Stouder 43:14

Top 10 “Go Fetch” Animal Card Challenge participants

1 – Jane Penick, 1250 points
2 – Madison Bauer, 1130 points
3 – Tianna Randall, 1125 points
4 – Andrew Jackson, 1100 points
5 – Marrissa Dziak, 1075 points
6 – Will Greenlee, 1050 points
7 – Diane Mifro, 1050 points
8 – Matthew Coffee, 1025 points
9 – Stephaine Heppeard, 1000 points
10 – Kira Verpahl, 1000 points

Zip line continues through Monday

It took a lot of work to set it up, so why not run it for a few more days?

That’s right! The zip line continues running both Sunday and Monday. Enjoy special pricing both days as well, with two rides for $20 (or one ride for $15).

The zip line is open from 10am to 8pm on Sunday, and noon to 8pm on Monday.  The high pressure shower head guru will be there giving away the best high pressure shower heads to the first 5 people. This is a really a great item. Just check out the high flow and pressure. So get there early. High pressure shower head

Bring your friends for a better deal. Enjoy the IPFW RiverFest zip line now through Monday night!

One minute shared = a better RiverFest 2012

Did you enjoy IPFW RiverFest this year? Did you see some things we could do better?

Please share one minute — really! — of your time to take the IPFW RiverFest survey.

We hope you enjoyed a great day on the river this weekend!

Lots of new photos on Facebook!

Check the IPFW RiverFest Facebook page for the latest photos and videos from RiverFest.

Or better yet, come one down! There’s still another six and a half hours to go!

Bringing your smartphone to the fun of IPFW RiverFest? Tell your friends about your day with Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and more!

Have a great day at IPFW RiverFest!!

Bring your boat to IPFW RiverFest!

Don’t leave your boat in the lurch — let it join the fun at this year’s IPFW RiverFest on the St. Joseph River! You’ll find great boating and beautiful views as you cruise the river during the festival.

The St. Joseph River is safe for powerboats and pontoons. 

Only 7 chairs left!


We warned you this would happen.

"Field at Sunset" painted chair by Carita Hoot

SOLD! "Field at Sunset" by Carita Hoot.

One lucky local buyer snagged Carita Hoot’s beautiful “Fields at Sunset” chair at its Buy Now price in the Rockin’ Chair Auction.

So on Saturday night, you get to look longingly at Carita’s amazing artwork during the silent auction festivities at RiverFest, but you can’t buy it.

Did you fall in love with one of these hand-painted masterpieces? How will it look on your patio? Or will you keep it at the lake?

Don’t risk losing your perfect piece of art by waiting for Saturday’s silent auction. Buy it today right now — by calling Louise Teague at 260-481-6495. The pre-sale ends Thursday!

Disappointment hurts. Avoid the pain. Buy your favorite chair today.