Wheaton Barbecue offers fun for all ages

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Half of the fun of a car and motorcycle show is sharing it with family. Mike Swearingen, at right, gave his grandson Jase Mason, 2, a close-up look at his Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail cycle while at the Wheaton Barbecue Saturday. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat

Half of the fun of a car and motorcycle show is sharing it with family. Mike Swearingen, at right, gave his grandson Jase Mason, 2, a close-up look at his Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail cycle while at the Wheaton Barbecue Saturday. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat

Almost all 20 members of the Wheaton Fire Department turned out on Saturday at the city park to cook 1,200 chicken halves for the 57th annual Wheaton Barbarcue, a fundraiser for the department. Pictured from left, Nolan McNeill, Lindy Lombard and Lance Fehring worked at the barbecue pit while six firefighters took a truck to Stella to help fight a structure fire. Ideal temperatures aided crowds attending the popular event. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Community picnic settings offer an opportunity to try new culinary delights. Bently Barber, at center, held by Shelby Medley, considered an egg roll, purchased from the Wheaton Asia Market, held by Lisa McNeill at right. Ultimately Bently decided the egg roll was too strange to sample. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
C.D. and Louise White, at left, attended the Wheaton Barbecue from Lee's Summit, stopping at the vendor's tent to view offerings from Rocks of Wire, offered by Gabriella McFall, at right, and Mike McFall. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
The essential stop over the lunch hour at the Wheaton Barbecue was the picnic area to enjoy the barbecued chicken dinners. Digging into their meals, at left, were Joe Brattin and Don Buck, and at right, Angela Brattin and Sarah Brattin, all of Wheaton. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
The car show at the Wheaton Barbecue gave friends an opportunity to chat around the scenery of classic vehicles. At right was Wheaton resident Donnie Mitchell's 1955 Dodge in the middle of the scene. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Author Jimmy Ray Lewis, at left, returned for the Wheaton Barbecue to sign copies of his book, "Listening to the Jar Flies: Growing up in Wheaton and Rocky Comfort," at the Wheaton Museum on Saturday. He chatted with Roy Lewis, at right, who grew up in the Stella area, and ultimately concluded the two were not related, though they shared similar experiences growing up. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Children romped in the pond in the center of the Wheaton City Park while firefighters filled it for the evening duck race. In the big event, Candice Brattin of Wheaton won the $500 first place prize, following by David Ritcheson of Diamond in second, winning $250, and Junior Wasson of Wheaton in third, winning $125. Also in the money were Connie Michael of Cassville, winning $75 for fourth place and Lily Ray of Wheaton in fifth, winning $50. Murray Bishoff times-news@monett-timems.com
Hannah Senseney, at center, enjoyed the horse ride, one of many offerings from Mike's Amusements at the Wheaton Barbecue on Saturday. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
For the brave of heart and strong of stomach was the spinner, a ride provided by Mike's Amusements at the Wheaton Barbecue. Megan Kemp and Joey Kemp, well strapped in place, were rotated, spun and tossed like they were in a clothes drier for their journey. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Wagon rides offered a trip-back-in-time entertainment for families at the Wheaton Barbecue, taking a lap into downtown and back through an adjacent neighborhood. Josh Schreiner drove one of the wagons provided by Edgar Schreiner, carrying Chad Stehlik, his son and daughter, Haylon and Hadley, and his fiancée Mia. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
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