WHEATON — A way to have some great barbecue and help a volunteer fire department will be held this Saturday, during the 60th annual Wheaton BBQ - sponsored by the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department.

WHEATON — A way to have some great barbecue and help a volunteer fire department will be held this Saturday, during the 60th annual Wheaton BBQ - sponsored by the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department.

The event will be held in Wheaton's city park. The all day event begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 8 p.m.

"We look forward to it every year, it is a lot of work for volunteers, but I always go to the backing of our community and our district, they look forward to it," said Lindy Lombard, volunteer fire department chief. "On Saturday, they (those who attend) will ask me, 'what day will it be on next year?' Because there are a lot of class reunions that go on at the same time, people come in that use to live here and they come in for that day. It is a lot of work, but we look so forward to it. It is the biggest event that we have in Wheaton."

There is a lot going on that day, including music, arts and craft booths, a duck race, free children's rides, a car show, horseshoe tournament and the food.

According to Lombard, one of the main events will be the barbecue lunch. Lunch consists of 1/2 barbecue chicken, baked potato, baked beans, bread, milk or coffee for $6 for adults and $3 for kids. There is also homemade pulled pork sandwich and baked beans for $5. Also, there will be fireman's ice cream stand and homemade pies by the Wheaton United Methodist Church.

"We will start serving the food at 11:30 a.m.," he said. "We have 1,500 chicken halves served and we will run out."

 

Background information

The barbecue has not always been about barbecue chicken.

"It started off as a free fish fry a long time ago, then it evolved and there were so many people," he said. "It grew, and grew and finally went to chicken. Then it has grown from the small amount that they cook to now we run out, now we have 1,500 chicken halves served. It has grown from a small event to an all day large event."

Lombard said on the craft side, it has also grown in size.

"We have right now (as of Tuesday) the largest group of crafters coming, now at 45, and they will set up in the park," he said. "We offer those free (for the set up)."

For more information on the craft booths, call 417-652-7359.

 

Something new

A new booth will be from Aaron, Sachs & Associates, P.C.

"They are coming down from 1-5 p.m., giving free bike helmets away," said Lombard. "That is great."

 

Schedule

• 11 a.m. Wheaton Street Machines Show & Shine Car Event. For information, call 417-847-7907.

• 11 a.m. Spud McCracken Memorial Horseshoe Tournament. For information, call 417-835-3003.

• 11:30 a.m. food service begins

• 1 p.m. free children's rides begin

Grandstand entertainment

• 1 p.m. Fly'n Buzzards Bluegrass Band

• 2 p.m. White River Junction Bluegrass Band

• 3 p.m. No Apparent Reason Bluegrass Band

• 4 p.m. Father Novice

• 6 p.m. Ripplin Creek Bluegrass Band

• 7 p.m. Glory Bound Gospel Quartet

• 8 p.m. Duck race in the park (1st prize is $500, 2nd prize is $250, 3rd prize is $125, 4th place is $75 and 5th prize is $50.