Despite rain, Wabash Riverfest brings people down to the river

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Before closing early due to rain, educational booths and some competition on the river took place at Tapawingo Park as part of Wabash Riverfest Saturday.

One third of the exhibitors, including a bike rodeo and fish display, were new to the event this year. A little closer to the water, a fishing derby brought families over to the shoreline.

Others took to the water for the canoe races. The two canoes are replicas of ones used by the Voyageurs, European explorers who traded and traveled on the Wabash in the 1700s. Promoting the river by tying in this history to the present day is at the heart of the event.

“We’re not in this to make money. We’re in it to get as many people as we can down to the river and show them what a resource it can be for the community,” said event chair Gene Hatke.

For those inexperienced on the water, there was also a paddle sports demonstration area for those that wanted to try out canoeing or kayaking. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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