Three Rivers Festival announces new director, 50-50 raffle

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors had made an announcement Wednesday morning that they had found a new director.
During a press conference, it was announced that Justin Shurley will take over in leading the TRF. During the event, it was also announced that 2021 would see a new 50-50 Raffle.

It comes following an announcement earlier this year that the festival had ‘parted ways’ with Jack Hammer, director of the festival for over 10 years. There was no reason given at the time for the decision.

Representatives with the Three Rivers Festival released the following:

After an exhaustive search, the Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors is excited to announce Justin Shurley as its new Executive Director. “Justin will be a great addition to the festival,” said John Nichter, President of the Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors. “His passion for this festival and connection to his community will lead us into our next chapter.”

Justin Shurley is a Fort Wayne resident, currently serves on the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Board of Directors and Fort Wayne Planning Commission. He previously worked at Purdue Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne TinCaps. “I couldn’t be more excited to lead this organization,” said Justin. “The Three Rivers Festival has been an important part of our community for more than 50 years. As Executive Director, I’ll work closely with the board of directors to help it evolve for the next 50 years.”

In addition, the Three Rivers Festival announced a new event–Northeast Indiana’s Largest 50-50 Raffle at The Three Rivers Festival. “With a jackpot that could potentially rise into the tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars, this new Three Rivers Festival initiative will give someone an opportunity for a huge payday,” said John Nichter, President of the Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors. Similar events at other festivals have seen jackpots top one million dollars. Northeast Indiana’s Largest 50-50 also helps the Three Rivers Festival gain its financial footing back after its year off. “The pandemic was very hard on not-for-profit organizations; This event will help put our organization in a better position for success for the future.”

Finally, the setup began for the return of the nine-day Three Rivers Festival after its pandemic hiatus. “A lot of people don’t realize how much planning and setup goes into this celebrated community event,” said John Nichter, President of the Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors. “Our board of directors, volunteers, and sponsors are excited to bring this festival back. It’s part of our summer and part of getting back to normal in Northeast Indiana.”

The 2021 Three Rivers Festival, presented by Ruoff Mortgage, runs July 9-17, 2021. The nine-day festival takes place at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne with guest favorites returning, including Junk Food Alley, The Downtown Midway, Art in the Park, Children’s Fest, The Emporium, nightly entertainment, and more.