As we have enjoyed a fairly mild winter in the Three Rivers area, a group of hardworking volunteers has already begun to plan the 2012 56th annual Three Rivers Water Festival. The annual event, considered by many to be the unofficial start of the summer season in Southwest Michigan, will run from noon Thursday, June 14, through Saturday evening, June 16 in Three Rivers.
The theme for this year’s event is “Ahoy, TR!” with Parades, Pirates and “Piratechniques” in store! With that in mind, the Water Festival Committee encourages participants to incorporate a “pirate” theme in their events.
The Water Festival will feature many returning favorites, including entertainment, a grand pyrotechnics fireworks show, the popular Lions Club Ox Roast, the Women’s Club Pie Booth, KidsZone, Senior Day Bingo, the Midway Carnival by Schmidt’s Family Amusements, the Arts and Crafts Show in Scidmore Park, the Commercial Vendor Marketplace (also in Scidmore Park), the Water Festival Parade, the popular Car Show, and many more crowd pleasers and SURPRISES.
This year’s Water Festival Parade will kick off the festival celebration on Thursday evening, June 14, with the “rain date” on Friday evening, should the need arise. Parade participants are encouraged to consider the “Ahoy, TR!” theme in planning their entries, which could center on the world of pirates or, if pirates are not their choice, perhaps boating or lake life!
Area residents are encouraged to watch for more details about this annual event as the Festival approaches.
Source: News release from Three Rivers Water Festival