Activities, entertainment abound at Wheaton Barbecue

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
It may be the entertainment that draws people to the Wheaton Fire Departmentís annual barbecue, but itís the chicken dinners that make them sit down and stay. Chad Bigham, left, and Steven Holmes flipped at rack of the 1,500 chicken halves cooked for the occasion on Saturday. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat

It may be the entertainment that draws people to the Wheaton Fire Departmentís annual barbecue, but itís the chicken dinners that make them sit down and stay.

Sisters Stephanie and Brittany Birchfield found themselves upside down and spun in all directions in the Gyroscope ride, provided by the Party Station at the Wheaton Barbecue. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
The Stones Express train offered rides around the city park in Wheaton on Saturday for the annual fire department Wheaton Barbecue fundraiser. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
Kierston Meadows, 5, did her best to hang on, if not for long, to the Bucking Spider, one of many attractions from the Party Station, offered free of charge to festival goers as a treat at the Wheaton Barbecue on Saturday. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
Winning comes in the family for Bob Jones, who won this giant snake at one of the game booths at the Wheaton Barbecue. Jones gave it to his daughter, Danielle Hines, who tried to share the fun of the moment with her daughter, Swayzie Hines, 2. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
Interested but unable to reach Kelly Rosewiczís French bulldog Rocky, Ivey Wilson, age 1, got a helping hand from dad Chris Wilson, lifting Rocky so Ivey could offer tentative petting on the friendly dogís head in the crafts tent at the Wheaton Barbecue on Saturday. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
Crafters at the Wheaton Barbecue offered a wide range of homemade and commercial products. April Shockley enjoyed the aroma of a Scentsy candle at Elizabeth Goetzís table, as Aprilís daughter, Lindsey Joeckel, and her daughter, Paityn, looked on. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
Several vintage vehicles provided classic exhibits for the car show at the Wheaton Barbecue on Saturday. Falling somewhere in between was the rat rod at right, with a 1929 Ford grill and a GTO engine, ready to challenge all comers, even if the driver practically sat on the floor. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
One of the annual recreation activities at the Wheaton Barbecue for kids is playing in the ďpondĒ filled by firefighters for the evening duck race. Cavorting around the fire hose spouting water into the gully for the race, from left, are: Kesha Ellingsworth, Joyce Dobyns, Nathan Ellingsworth and Sophia Ellingsworth. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
Braun Shockley, 19 months, made his second visit to the Wheaton Barbecue on Saturday, sitting with Gwen and Ron Shockley. While he may not have yet developed a taste for chicken, Braun found he liked buttered bread, even if he did cover his face with butter while figuring out how to eat it. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
Among the live music performers at the Wheaton Fire Departmentís annual barbecue on Saturday was published gospel songwriter Billy Joe Gentry, right, singing ďIf We Never Meet This Side of Heaven,Ē with back-up vocals by Charles and Leona Goswick. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
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