Singers, Roller Derby to Boost Fort Wayne

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A gathering of singers and a roller derby competition are expected to bring thousands of people to Allen County this weekend. Visit Fort Wayne says the annual Four Freshmen Convention and a Women's Flat Track Derby Association tournament could pump more than $300,000 into the area economy. September 5, 2013

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - History has a way of repeating itself, and it will again this week in the Summit City.

The 26th Annual Four Freshmen Convention will take place from September 5-7 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. The famous four-man signing group formed at the old 113 Club right here in Fort Wayne back in 1948.

Now as a national organization with membership reaching coast to coast, the Four Freshmen Society will feel right at home during the three-day convention, where attendees will meet and greet with current and former members, while relinquishing in the group’s current and past musical history.

The current Four Freshmen group will perform three concerts open to all Four Freshmen Society members during each day of the convention. These performances will take place in the Anthony Wayne Ballroom in the Grand Wayne Center at 7:00 p.m. each evening.

Approximately 450 attendees will travel to Fort Wayne for the convention, bringing in roughly $159,357 in direct spending into our community.

For more information on the 2013 Four Freshmen Convention, please visit

Source: Visit Fort Wayne

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Originally Posted August 26, 2013

AUSTIN, Tex. - The top 40 women's flat track roller derby leagues in the world will compete for the sport's top honor in the 2013 Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Division 1 Playoffs and Championships this fall. Representing the best of the best in women's roller derby, 10 Playoffs qualifiers will compete in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sept. 6-8 in one of four playoff tournaments. The Fort Wayne Derby Girls were selected to host one of four WFTDA D1 Playoffs tournaments this year.

The WFTDA Playoffs and Championships bring together the most talented, highly trained and committed skaters and officials from WFTDA member leagues to display the "Real, Strong, Athletic and Revolutionary" game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, the WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.

Today the WFTDA announced the competitors for this year's Playoffs in Fort Wayne. The top 40 teams that have met minimum game play requirements were split among the four Playoffs brackets using "S-curve" seeding, similar to what is used for the NCAA basketball tournaments. These teams will compete Sept. 6 to 8 in hopes of finishing in the top three and advancing to the WFTDA Championships in November.

1. Denver Roller Dolls, Denver, CO, USA

2. Montr?al Roller Derby, Montr?al, QC, Canada

3. Arch Rival Roller Girls, Saint Louis, MO, USA

4. London Rollergirls, London, UK

5. Rose City Rollers, Portland, OR, USA

6. Ohio Roller Girls, Columbus, OH, USA

7. Wasatch Roller Derby, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

8. Cincinnati Rollergirls, Cincinnati, OH, USA

9. Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls, Bloomington, IN, USA

10. Grand Raggidy Roller Girls, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

The WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs and Championships offer five full weekends of full-contact competition. Learn how to join the action in Fort Wayne at The other Division 1 Playoffs will be held Sept. 13-15 in Richmond, Virginia; Sept. 20-22 in Asheville, North Carolina; and Sept. 27-29 in Salem, Oregon. The WFTDA Championships will take place Nov. 6-8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The two WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs will be held in August. All tournaments will also be covered live by WFTDA’s online broadcast channel,


The Women's Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 197 WFTDA member leagues and 98 affiliated leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program worldwide. The WFTDA is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

Source: The Women's Flat Track Derby Association