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Three Rivers Water Festival a success

June 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Organizers of the 58th Three Rivers Water Festival are calling the 2014 edition a success.

The three-day community celebration concluded Saturday with an enhanced fireworks show, thanks to an extra financial contribution from Omni Community Credit Union.

Thursday’s parade was capped at the maximum 80 participants, and live music Friday and Saturday nights was enjoyed by hundreds of people.

The Water Festival marks the start of festival season in St. Joseph County; Centreville’s Covered Bridge Days is on deck, as the two-day event begins Friday.

Baker passes away

November 6, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A longtime Three Rivers city employee and community icon has passed away.

Ken Baker, who served in a variety of roles for the municipality, died Tuesday evening following a long battle with kidney cancer. He was 71.

Baker started his career with the city as a patrol officer for the Three Rivers Police Department. He was later promoted to sergeant and spent the last three years of his 24-year law-enforcement career as chief.

He would then serve as acting city manager before his peer from the police department, Joe Bippus, took over the post full-time.

Baker subsequently spent six years as a city commissioner and in 2011, was appointed mayor for the year after Allen Balog left to serve as a county commissioner.

Funeral arrangements for Baker, who was the grand marshal of the 2013 Three Rivers Water Festival parade, are pending.

Weather played role in Water Festival

June 17, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Weather played a critical role in Saturday’s closing day of the 57th Three Rivers Water Festival.

Intermittent rain showers Saturday forced Water Festival organizers to call off the event-ending entertainment and fireworks programs.

Deb Herring, head of the Water Festival Planning Committee, said the fireworks show needed a period of time Saturday to plan and coordinate its display, and the decision to call it off was made out of concern that window of time would not be available.

Herring said a forecast of rain and high winds Sunday ruled out the decision to stage the show a night later. She said the fireworks program will be rescheduled and planned for a date to be announced later this summer.

St. Joseph County’s next community festival kicks off Friday with the two-day Centreville Covered Bridge Days.

Schmidt’s Family Amusements in town

June 12, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Schmidt’s Family Amusements is back in town with many fun rides and games for the young and daring during this year’s Three Rivers Water Festival!

The midway will open at 4 p.m. on Thursday (June 13) and will remain open until 10 p.m.; Friday’s hours are from noon until 11 p.m., and Saturday’s hours are from 11 a.m. until midnight.

Rides and games require tickets purchased at the midway site in the West City Parking Lot at a cost of $16 per person. For those wishing to save some money, advanced purchase “armband” tickets are now available for $13 until noon on Thursday, June 16. The armbands, good for unlimited RIDES on any ONE day of the festival, can be purchased on a cash-only basis at the Chamber of Commerce office and Harding’s Market.

Grand Marshal of parade

June 10, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Former Three Rivers Mayor Ken Baker has been named the grand marshal of the 2013 Three Rivers Water Festival parade.

Baker was chosen by virtue of his many years of service to the city, including his time as chief of police and later as mayor. Baker also is lauded for founding the Friends of Riverside Cemetery organization as well as the Community Development group.

Baker and his wife, Charlotte, will be in a float provided by Southern Michigan Bank and Trust.

The parade is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Backyard BBQ Competition

May 16, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Organizers of the 2013 Three Rivers Water Festival are promoting a new addition to the annual event.

A backyard barbecue competition, sponsored by Kackies Que and Century Bank and Trust, will take place 2 to 9 p.m. June 14 in the Community Tent area at the back of Scidmore Park.

An entry fee of $55 will include fees, awards, prize money and three racks of ribs to be used for the competition. Participants must attend a meeting with the Health Department prior to the day of the competition; they will review rules and regulations for the event. The entry fee is due by 5 p.m. June 1.

Interested potential participants may call 615-7781. The event is limited to 20 participants.

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