Hot Air Balloons, BBQ Bash To Take Over Wakefield This Weekend

WAKEFIELD – A pair of events have been combined to feature Balloons N’ BBQ where a full weekend is scheduled for hot air balloon lift-offs and a BBQ Bash.

Make time to visit Wakefield between Friday, September 21 at 4 p.m. to sunrise on Sunday, September 23.

Balloon lift-offs, dependent on weather, will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as sunrise on both Saturday and Sunday from Wakefield Community School.

Megan Weaver oversees the BBQ Bash while Macey Martinson is working with the hot air balloons.

Martinson said she has been asked whether rides will be given.

“Completely up to the balloonist,” said Martinson. “If you help with the crew, if you’re there helping undo the balloons there’s a better chance of you getting a ride, but there’s no guarantees we don’t charge for rides; that’s strictly up to the pilots.”

There are seven to eight hot-air balloons coming to Wakefield.

On Friday, visit the Legion Hall for a steak feed from 5 – 8 p.m. with the homecoming football game slated for 7 p.m. from Eaton Field as the Trojans will host Omaha Nation.

Moving into a busy Saturday, there’ll be an omelet feed at 7 a.m. from the school along with a color run at the park trail. Events at 10 a.m. will feature a Kids Burger in the Legion alley, a Car Show (4th & Main); Street Faire Food & Vendors (Main Street) and activities for kids (Main Street).

Saturday afternoon will feature a parade at 1:30 p.m. along Main Street. Martinson added there’ll be a $5 entry fee.

“We are going to donate that to the new Civic Center in town,” Martinson added. “So, it’s going to a good cause. This is the first year that we’ve actually charged to be in the parade, but it’s something great that everybody can donate to for the community.”

The Community Civic Center will also hold the Senior Center with funds going to help furnish the building.

Following the parade, Megan Weaver mentioned there’ll be an Amazing Bike Race around Wakefield.

“That’s going to start about 2:15 p.m. at the dunk tank,” Weaver mentioned. “That is kind of a scavenger hunt type event for kids. They will need to have teams of two and bicycles.”

Other afternoon events at 3 p.m. include a WSC baseball game at Eaton Field, BBQ Bash Competition (Main Street) and Amazing Tour De Wakefield (3rd & Main Street).

All are welcome to cook as you’ll need to provide your own cooking equipment. A thousand pounds of wings will be provided and there’ll be plenty of chicken for everyone, according to Weaver.

“Some of the other cookers I know like to try different foods,” Weaver added. “Frying pickles, maybe BBQ ribs, meatloaf, just a wide variety of foods cooked on grills and fryers.”

Also, while in Wakefield plan to visit Main Street for the King of the Wings contest (food provided from BBQ Bash Competition). The all-you-can-eat wings will last from 5 – 8 p.m. with cost of $10 per person and $5 for those 12 and under. Proceeds from the BBQ Bash will go towards Wakefield Youth Rec.

A cornhole tournament will start with sign-up at 2:30 p.m. in the beer garden at Sideline’s along with live music from the Mariachi Band, Front Porch Pickers and Paradox.

After Midnight from Columbus will be performing at the Fire Hall from 8 – 11:30 p.m. with karaoke to follow.

Tune your radio to Big Red Country 104.9 just after 9 a.m. and 98.9 FM/AM 1590 The City just after 5 p.m. on Thursday to catch the complete interview with Megan Weaver and Macey Martinson on the “View from Wayne America”.