Sweetwater, the third-largest retailer of musical instruments and pro-audio in the U.S., will present GearFest ’13, a celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make music. GearFest ’13 takes place on Friday, June 21 from 9am to 6pm, and Saturday, June 22 from 9am to 5pm, at 5501 US Hwy 30 W., Fort Wayne IN. GearFest is free and open to the public. Part trade show, part entertainment event, part flea market and part musicians’ toyland, GearFest offers something for everyone.


There will also be an indoor/outdoor festival featuring live music, delicious food, prizes and lots of fun for the entire family. This year’s expo is bigger than ever, with two days full of dozens of informative workshops and seminars, scores of manufacturer exhibits, musical performances and special surprises. Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack remarked, “We are proud to offer this event every year. It continues to grow, and there’s literally nothing like it elsewhere in the country. There’s certainly nothing this big, with so many great attractions, that is also free and open to the public. That’s why people come to GearFest from throughout the Midwest, and from around the entire country.

To speed up the registration process at the festival, individuals can pre-register online. Visit www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2013/register.php. For more information, call 800.222.4700.

An event as big as GearFest demands an equally big giveaway of free gear. Sweetwater vendors have provided more than $45,000 in gear that will be awarded to lucky GearFest attendees. Hourly prizes will be given away from more than 30 manufacturers. Individuals must attend GearFest and register in person in order to win.

In addition, Sweetwater will be offering sale pricing on many products. GearFest ’13 will also host a multitude of guests from all areas of the music industry for performances and workshops. The entire GearFest ’13 schedule of events is available online at www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2013/workshops.php.

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