Fall festival to be held in Wheaton

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Wheaton Historical Society and L&S Grocery of Wheaton will sponsor the fifth annual Wheaton Fall Festival Party in the Park on Monday, Oct. 31. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.

"The festival is a wonderful time for children," said Ralph Lamberson, Wheaton Historical Society member. "All of the families that come out have a great time."

The festival traditionally attracts around 200 children, but event organizers are hoping to see even more youngsters at this year's festival, said Lamberson.

"L&S is helping us sponsor this year's event," said Lamberson. "We will have low prices on concessions to make the event affordable for families.

"We will have a variety of fall foods, including chili dogs, which we have heard are some of the best around," said Lamberson. "We make them like Chicago dogs."

The annual event will feature a costume contest for children and adults. The four contest categories are: children under 3; 4- to 8-year old kids; 9- to 12-year-old youth; and teenagers and adults.

Four cash prizes in the amount of $20, $15, $10 and $5 will be awarded to the top contestants in each age group.

The festival will also offer games for kids and an auction featuring pies, baked goods and donated items. Hayrides through the city streets of Wheaton will be offered, and children attending will receive candy treats and balloons.

"The festival is held in the beautiful downtown city park across from the historic Wheaton Depot Museum," said Lamberson. "Proceeds from the event will be used for the continued operation of the museum."

Currently, historical society members are working to raise funds for a heating and air conditioning system that will be installed at the facility. Climate control is needed to protect items housed in the depot, including copies of the Wheaton Journal newspaper.

All community members are invited to attend the event.

For more information, call 417-652-7000, 417-652-7488 or 417-652-7836.

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