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July 25, 2007

WHEATFIELD: Town readies for annual picnic

One-day event draws big crowds

What started as a Bicentennial event in 1976 has grown to be Wheatfield’s biggest summer festival.

The 31st annual Wheatfield Family Picnic will be held Sunday at Fairmount Park, Nash and Steig roads.

“This is our 31st year,” said Dan Maerten, chair of the Wheatfield Picnic Committee. “It started out as just a few food booths and has grown.”

Maerten said he has been involved with the event for 13 years, serving as chair of the planning committee for the past six years.

“When I started, it was the 25th year of the event,” Maerten said. “It was kind of mediocre. They had been doing the same thing over and over again.”

Maerten, who was involved with the local Cub Scout troop, urged planners to incorporate more children’s events into the picnic.

“For a few years, we had hot air balloons,” Maerten said. “Now we have the Kids Fest area, which has several activities for the kids.”

Holy Ghost Lutheran School is sponsoring the bounce house, once again, within the Kids Fest zone. Pack 833 returns with their ever popular goldfish toss. Pony and hay rides are being offered and as always, free to all in attendance. There will also be crafts for the children at the Kids Fest tent.

“The Wheatfield Cheerleaders will have a Chinese auction,” Maerten said. “The garden club will sell plants and the Wheatfield Seniors will sell crafts.”

Summit Pharmacy is planning a free blood pressure screening and Dental Associates is also arranging another public awareness program.

There are not only craft booths but several food booths from local restaurants.

“There will be about nine food booths,” Maerten said. “All sell different items so there is no competition.”

The Niagara County Bicentennial Float will be on display for public viewing.

The Picnic Committee is also coordinating with the Miss Wheatfield Scholarship group, and other local talents for continuous entertainment on the open air stage.

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