Wabash River Festival preparations underway

the 19th annual Wabash Riverfest is all set for this years festivities.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 5:38 PM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 5:53 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - the 19th annual Wabash Riverfest is all set for this year's festivities.

The festivities have grown this year, taking place at Tapawingo Park, Riehle Plaza, and the John T Meyers Pedestrian Bridge.

"It's specifically designed to enhance appreciation of our areas most prized natural resource - the Wabash," said Shannon Stanis, The Water Shed Coordinator for Wabash River Enhancement Corporation.

This year the festivities will include music, food, canoe races, corn hole, and even a beer garden later in the evening.

"The river levels are looking safe for our water activities which include, canoe races, a free float trip down the Wabash. We have a fishing derby as well as an artistic opportunity to learn how to draw with charcoal," said Stanis. "We have a sand volleyball tournament and a rock climbing wall."

A 5k will be hosted in the morning, as well as the Lafayette Farmer’s Market.

Her vision for the event is to help spread awareness of the river and its benefits.

"I hope that folks come out, and they have a great time, and they associate that positive experience with the Wabash River and learn about so much opportunity that it has for our community, learn about its history about water quality in it and good things alike," added Stanis.

The festival will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Tapawingo Park, and 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Riehle Plaza. The Lafayette Farmer's Market will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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