Gizmo's Event Center closes

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

One of Barry County's largest entertainment attractions is closing.

Gizmo's Event Center has closed its doors, and owners Dale and Janice McCracken are planning to hold an auction of the rodeo arena equipment and portable stages on Saturday.

The sale will include restaurant equipment, estate merchandise, household furnishings and appliances, office equipment, antiques and collectibles and shop equipment.

Also closing will be the Stop and Shop in Wheaton, also owned by the McCrackens.

"We hate it," said Wheaton City Clerk Mary Ann Witt. "The event center didn't add significantly to the city's revenues since they only held events there every month or every other month, but with the closing of the Stop and Shop, a daily business, we're going to notice it."

The event center served as a hub for entertainment that ranged from revival services and gospel performances, rodeo events, truck and tractor pulls, youth fairs and other family-friendly events.

The privately-owned event center sits on 20 acres of land on the edge of Wheaton and cost nearly $500,000 to build.

The auction is slated to get underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday. For more information on sale items, visit Southwest Auction Service's website at

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