FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A carousel's song, the smell of fresh elephant ears, and kids standing in line with tickets in hand - there's nothing quite like the midway at the Three Rivers Festival.
In years past, there have been two midways where kids could ride carnival rides and play skill games during the week-long festival. One was located in the parking lot of the Memorial Coliseum, and one was found at Headwaters Park. The two midways weren't connected, but they always ran simultaneously.
This year, however, the company that ran the midway at the Coliseum is no longer coming to Fort Wayne during TRF. That's something festival organizers see as a positive.
“We're not seeing the competition from them drawing our crowds away,” Adam Ehle member of TRF Board of Directors said. “So it's really been nice. And then we don't have the stigma of all of the problems that have happened out there at the Coliseum.”
Ehle says there are more families coming downtown at night for the festival than in years past.
"You've got a lot more choices and rides, and it's a lot funner that way," Mitchell Minnick said.
"You get to have more fun and you don't have to go to random places," Leah Kilbride said.
"I think it's really fun, because when you win you get prizes," Eva Kilbride said.
"It makes it an opportunity for everything to be available,” Jasmine Kilbride said. “Like, my mom doesn't want to drive every single place. This is just really convenient."
Ehle says more than 100 officers will be on hand throughout the week to make sure the festival is a safe environment for all.
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