Each year since 1958, the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department has an annual fundraiser in August, a barbecue event that features chicken dinners and more.

The 62nd Annual Wheaton Barbecue will be held on Saturday, August 29 in the Wheaton City Park from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Dinners will include 1/2 barbecue chicken, baked potato, baked beans, bread, milk or coffee for $6 for adults and $3 for kids. There is also a homemade pulled pork sandwich and baked beans for $5.

Sweet treat seekers can enjoy homemade pies and ice cream courtesy of the Methodist Church Women.

Events get underway at 11 a.m. with the Wheaton Street Machines Show and Shine Event. For more information, call 417-847-7907.

Also at 11 a.m. the Spuds McCracken Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will be held. For additional information, call 417-835-3003.

Food service will begin at 11:30.

At 1 p.m. free children's' rides will be available.

Grandstand Entertainment will be ongoing from 1 p.m. through 8 p.m.

A Duck Race with cash prizes will be the grand finale at 8 p.m. Cash prizes are $500, $250, $125, $75 and $50.

There will also be arts and crafts.

The event began years ago as a fish fry but changed to chicken. Each year, around 1500 half chickens are prepared but they always run out so those who come hungry should come early.

It's the largest event each year in Wheaton and also become a time for homecoming, visiting, and class reunions.

Wheaton is located east of Neosho on Highway 86.