Annual Wheaton BBQ offers food, fun
Free rides for kids, car show, duck race planned
The 60th annual Wheaton BBQ kicks off at 11 a.m. on Aug. 25 with the Wheaton Street Machines Show and Shine Car Event, and the Spud McCracken Memorial Horseshoe Tournament.
Food service begins at 11:30 a.m. with the fire department's traditional barbecue chicken half, baked potato, baked beans, bread and a beverage, available at a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for children. Also available will be a homemade pulled pork sandwich and baked beans, at a cost of $5. In addition, guests may visit the Firemen's Ice Cream Stand or purchase a slice of homemade pie, provided by the Wheaton United Methodist Women.
The Wheaton Depot Museum will have a soda concession, and Mike's Amusements will have a concession trailer on site.
Arts and craft vendors will be on site throughout the day.
Free children's carnival rides, courtesy of Party Station and made possible through various business sponsorships, begin at 1 p.m.
Musical entertainment begins at 1 p.m. with the Flyin' Buzzards bluegrass band, followed by White River Junction bluegrass band at 2 p.m. No Apparent Reason bluegrass band takes the stage at 3 p.m., followed by Father Novice at 4 p.m., Ripplin' Creek bluegrass band at 6 p.m. Glory Bound, a gospel group, will close out the evening's entertainment lineup at 7 p.m.
The duck race, which caps off the evening’s entertainment, will offer a total of $1,000 in prizes this year. Two pair of Justin boots, in adult sizes, will be given away during the duck race.
The event is hosted by the Wheaton Rural Fire Department. Proceeds will help offset upkeep and maintenance of equipment, firefighter gear and other incidentals.
For information on booth space for the craft show, people may call 417-652-7359; for the horseshoe tournament, 417-835-3003; and for the car show, 417-847-7907.