WHEATON — It was perfect weather on Saturday for the 59th annual Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department BBQ fundraiser, held at the city’s park. And it was a busy one.

WHEATON — It was perfect weather on Saturday for the 59th annual Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department BBQ fundraiser, held at the city’s park. And it was a busy one.
"I have said every year, our community supports (us) 100 percent," said Lindy Lombard, with the volunteer fire department. "We keep getting bigger, we have more than 50 vendors, we are having fun, big crowd and everything is going great."
The all day event was held from  11 a.m. to  8 p.m., with barbecue, arts and craft vendors, a duck race and entertainment.
the event is a long standing tradition.
"It started as a fish fry (59 years ago), all of the community leaders came in and went to different lakes on Main Street and they had a free fish fry," he said. "Well about 50 years ago, it got so big and there are a lot of chickens grown around here, so they said, 'we will just try chicken.' This is the way that it started, it has always been cooked outside, we redid the pit a couple of times."
The  barbecue pit is probably one of the biggest pits around.
One of the main events was the barbecue lunch. Lunch consisted of 1/2 barbecue chicken, baked potato, baked beans, bread, milk or coffee for $6 for adults and $3 for kids.
"We sold 1,500 halves (chickens) and 1,500 big baking potatoes," he said.
The Saturday event also included free rides for the kids.