More than chicken served up at Wheaton Barbecue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Free carnival rides, live entertainment planned for Saturday

A full day of activities are planned for the 56th annual Wheaton Barbecue, a benefit hosted by the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Aug. 23 in the Wheaton City Park.

The main attraction for the event is the half-chicken barbecue dinners with baked potatoes, baked beans and beverages for $6, or $3 for children. Pulled pork sandwiches, homemade pies and ice cream will also be available. Serving begins at 11:30 a.m.

The day will begin with the "show and shine" car show, which traditionally sets up on the west side of the park. For additional information, people may call 417-847-7907. The Spud McCracken Memorial Horseshoe Tournament, the biggest event of its kind in the bi-county area, gets underway at 11 a.m. For additional information, people may call 417-835-3003.

A carnival with free rides opens at 1 p.m., provided by the Party Station of Nixa. Throughout the day, an arts and crafts show will be held in a large tent in the park, providing an abundance of shade for vendors. Booth space is free. For additional information, people may call 417-652-7359.

Throughout the day, the Wheaton Historical Society will host a quilt show in the depot museum, next to the park.

Live entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. with a performance by Theo Mason, followed at 2 p.m. by Plymouth Junction. Ozark Mountain Revival plays at 3 p.m., followed by the Flyin' Buzzards bluegrass band. The focus shifts to gospel music in the late afternoon with the Living Word Mission Singers and Band playing at 5 p.m., the Victorymen at 6 p.m. and the Spring City Quartet at 7 p.m.

The late evening entertainment shifts to the south side of the park at 8 p.m. where the firefighters set up a temporary pond to propel a sea of plastic ducks across about 30 yards in the annual duck race. First place will win $500. Additional prizes include $250 for second place, $125 for third, $75 for fourth and $50 for fifth. Chances on a duck will remain open up until close to race time.

The evening will close with a performance by the Cassville-based 221 Band, performing music from red dirt country to Billy Joel, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

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