Get Green Fest celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

River greening 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters Get Green Fest was back in downtown Fort Wayne Saturday in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

PHOTOS: St. Patrick’s Day in Fort Wayne

The day started with the 5K Kilt Race. Around 900 people came to run or walk.

“People show up in kilts and in Get Green with faces painted and hair colored,” Lt. Mark Litwinko, the co-director of the 5K, said. “Our numbers are down this year. We expected 1,500, but when you get eight inches of snow a few days before your event 900 is still pretty good.”

Fort Wayne firefighters then turned the St. Mary’s River green using eco-friendly vegetable dye. Kids helped spray the hoses from the Wells Street Bridge. 

Lucky the Leprechaun dropped gold coins from the top of one of FWFD’s ladder trucks to help kids create their own pots of gold. There was also a Lucky Charms eating contest.  The Kids’ Fun Zone featured a moonwalk and other inflatable games.

“It’s our way to give back to the community. All the money raised today goes to help local charities such as Ribbon Chicks, the Fallen Heroes Fund and Burn Survivors. It’s our way to show our appreciation for the support we see all year from the community,” Jeremy Bush, president of the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters and the event coordinator, said.

In the main tent, people got to enjoy Irish food and green beer. That’s also where the strongman competition was.  Men and women had to push, pull and lift objects like water-filled kegs, tractor tires and kettlebells.

“I hit a personal record today. I hit weights I’ve never hit before so I’d say today was a pretty good day,” Strongman Competitor Christina Bangma said.

The beer tent and music will continue until 1 a.m.

For more information on the Get Green Fest 2014, click here.

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