Wheaton Fire Department to host 58th annual barbecue

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Event to be held on Saturday

The 58th annual Wheaton Barbecue, sponsored by the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In alignment with its values of doing what's best for Wheaton and the surrounding Barry County communities, the fire department will once again offer a day chocked-full of traditional, family fun events, great barbecue, music bands, a horseshoe tournament, duck race, children's carnival rides, a car show, an arts and crafts show and a petting zoo.

Due to the sponsorship of area businesses, the fire department will be able to offer all rides free for children.

This year's schedule of events includes the following:

* 11 a.m. Wheaton Street Machines Show and Shine car event (call 417-847-7907 for more information)

* 11 a.m. Spud McCracken Memorial Horseshoe tournament (call 417-835-3003 for more information)

* 11:30 a.m. Food service begins

Meals choices include: 1/2 BBQ chicken with baked potato, baked beans, bread, milk or coffee, $6, or homemade pulled pork sandwich and baked beans, $5.

Dessert choices includes Fireman's ice cream stand and homemade pies, provided by the Wheaton United Methodist Women.

* 1 p.m. Free children's rides begin

Grandstand entertainment

* 4 p.m. Realife

* 5 p.m. Fly'n Buzzards Bluegrass Band

* 6 p.m. Final Destination with Kevin Phillips, Steve Roney, and Denny and Missy Wolf

* 7 p.m. Glory Bound with Doug Holmes, Bob Cantwell, Steve Arnold and Jay Marshall

* 8 p.m. Duck race in the park: 1st prize, $500; 2nd prize, $250; third prize, $125; fourth prize, $75; fifth prize, $50. A free pair of Justin boots will be given away during the duck race.

An arts and crafts show will also be held during the event. Free booth spaces are available, including large tents with shade. For more information, call 417-652-7359.

Wheaton Fire Chief Bob Lombard was one of the original members of the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department responsible for starting the traditional event, which helps raise funds to support the fire department, and has been enjoyed by Barry County families for decades.

Lombard's son, Lindy, and his two sons, Stuart an Taylor, have followed in his footsteps, serving the community as volunteer firemen, and will be on hand helping at the event, with the same volunteer spirit with which they have served their community for years.

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