Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show won’t require masks, working to avoid ‘out of control’ crowds

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The 47th annual Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show at Memorial Coliseum was the last large gathering to happen before the pandemic forced many venues and events to shut down. A little over a year later, the event is back for its 48th year with some changes after the mask mandate and capacity restrictions were lifted on Tuesday.

Show president Becky Williamson told WANE 15 that the show will be “strongly recommending and encouraging face coverings, and social distancing,” and hand sanitizing for vendors and guests. Masks, though, will not be required, she said.

Even though the Memorial Coliseum is owned by the county, it is considered an entertainment/event venue, which is a separate category from the mask requirements for county/municipal government buildings, WANE 15 has learned. As a result, event organizers who rent out the Coliseum can determine if masks are required or not.

Williamson said the show will also widen its aisles and make traffic one-way.

Timed ticket sales from the Ticketmaster system have now been removed and organizers said anyone with a ticket will be allowed to come any day and time they want.

“We are still encouraging people to consider attending on Thursday or any day after 3 p.m. to avoid the larger crowd sizes,” the press release said.

Contract tracing requirements has also been removed and there will be assigned doors for those who purchased tickets in advance.

Williamson said show officials will monitor crowd size so it “doesn’t get out of control.” The show will have a smaller footprint because the vaccine clinic at the Coliseum is now utilizing space previously used by the show.

The show will also not have ‘celebrity’ guests or demonstrations.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on Ticketmaster or at the Coliseum Box Office. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at the door.

Prices:

  • General Admission: $12
  • Seniors (62+): $8 valid any day
    • “We unfortunately aren’t able to discount the online tickets, so Senior discounts are only available at the box office,” the show’s website said.
  • Children Under 15: FREE
  • Parking: $6 (Coliseum Fee)

The Home & Garden show is scheduled for April 15 – 18 at the Memorial Coliseum located at 4000 Parnell Ave in Fort Wayne.

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