WASHINGTON — The Wheatland Lions Club will be sponsoring Wheatfest Friday and Saturday. Several events have planned for celebration that is in its six year.
“The event was brought back by the Lion’s Club a few years ago,” said event organizer Bill Powell.
Events will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday with the chicken and noodle supper sponsored by the Wheatland United Methodist Church located on Main St. The menu will include chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, slaw, dinner roll, dessert and drink all for $6. Children ages 12 and under can eat for $3. The dinner will conclude at 6:30 p.m. Fifty percent of the profit from the dinner will go toward the purchase of another lot for the Wheatland Lions Club Niblack Park, located on SR 550.
“Our hope is to raise enough money to purchase the lot behind the park and tear down the house that is currently there,” said Powell. “We want to expand the current park.”
From 7:30 p.m. until 9:30, entertainment will take the stage at the Niblack Park shelter house and the Jones Gang will be playing.
The Wheatland Lions Club will be selling homemade chocolate and vanilla ice cream Friday and Saturday.
“The ice cream is quite popular. We have been selling a lot of it at the Vincennes farmer’s market on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings,” Powell said.
Barrel Rides, coney’s, barbeque and other food and craft vendors, as well as games will also be available both days of the event. The museum, located in the Small Town Crossing building will also be open during the festival.
Hedrick’s Drugstore building is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Mugs and t-shirts commemorating the structure will be available for purchase.
“We had someone contact us late last week and we will be having a bounce house and a couple of other rides come in as well,” said Powell. “We try to have something for everyone.”
An all-day corn hole tournament will kick off the activities scheduled for Saturday. From 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. an antique car and tractor show will be featured at the Vagabond Motel. Registration for the car show will begin at
10 a.m. Judging will start at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in five categories; best of show, longest distance traveled, ladies choice, Lions choice, muffler rap and most likely to get pulled over. The tractor show will also have registration beginning at 10 a.m. Voting on the tractors ends at 3 p.m. with trophies for people’s choice for first, second and third place being presented at 4 p.m.
All participants will get a ribbon.
At 10 a.m., the Wonderful Wheat baking and craft contest will take place.From 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., the group Overboard will perform at the park shelter house. Honey and the Rock will take the stage from 4 p.m. until 5:30 followed by the Michael Cochern Band from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“We hope that everyone comes out and has a good time,” said Powell.