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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Destiny Brown, of Fairview, cooled off at the water fountain in the Wheaton City Park during the 53rd annual Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department barbecue on July 9. Although the weather was hot, many community members enjoyed barbecue meals at the annual event. [Times Photo by Lindsay Reed] [Order this photo]
The Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department hosted its 53rd annual barbecue in the Wheaton City Park on July 9. The event offered food concessions, arts and crafts booths, live entertainment and children's activities.

"The barbecue turned out good," said Bob Lombard, Wheaton fire chief. "It wasn't as good as in the past on account of the heat. Financially, we will come out fine though. Considering the heat, we are tickled to death with it."

Wheaton volunteer firefighters smoked 900 half chickens throughout the morning.

"We probably sold over 800 chicken meals," said Lombard. "We didn't cook as many this year, because we knew it was going to be hot. We also sold around 200 barbecue sandwiches."

Around 7 p.m., volunteer firefighters began filling the duck race ditch with water. As it neared 8 p.m., the crowd gathered around the waterway to cheer on over 530 ducks that were adopted for this year's race.

Duck race winners were: Terri Priest, first place, $500; Marilyn Erwin, second place, $250; Jim Fohn, third place, $125; Kaitlin England, fourth place, $75; and Marlene Gunter, fifth place, $50.

After the duck race, barbecue attendees enjoyed Edwina Tichenor's karaoke in the park for several hours.

All proceeds from the annual barbecue celebration will benefit the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department. Funds will be used to purchase new firefighting equipment.

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