FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Families made up a good percentage of the opening day crowds at the Fort Wayne Newspapers' Three Rivers Festival.
Indiana's NewsCenter went to investigate what a family of four can expect to spend downtown.
After starting with parking for $4-5 many that come downtown for the festival want to spend their money on food. There are many items to temp you, including a new apple blossom for $5, but aside from the desserts many vendors tell us they've actually lowered prices on some items. We found a deal where a family of four can each get a corn dog and a drink for $16. Of course some aren't concerned about the costs figuring this is a one time chance to sample foods, but festival organizers are very concerned about keeping it affordable for the family.
Jack Hammer/Interim Festival Director- there are bargains for the families that are looking, these vendors make their living and want to be competitive, but they also offer a great variety for those that come here for that special food once a year.
If you have kids, you might want to hit the rides before the food and like most festivals, the rides aren't cheap, $20 dollars will get you a few rides each for two kids, but many of the events are free downtown that includes the bedrace that will bring thousands downtown Wednesday night. Concerts have also been targeted for many families. Kids under 12 are free which will allow a family of four to attend each event for $20 or less.
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