The Wheeling Homecoming will be held on Labor Day (Monday), with the traditional events of a parade, baby show, dinner, vendor booths, and more.
The Wheeling Homecoming will be held on Labor Day (Monday), with the traditional events of a parade, baby show, dinner, vendor booths, and more. At 9 a.m. on-site registration for the parade will begin at the firehouse and there will no registration fee. Judging for parade awards will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. prior to the start of the parade. There will be six plaques handed out. The "Pick of the Parade" plaque will be awarded to the float with the best overall theme, one plaque awarded to a horse-based entry, three plaques will be handed out to antique car entries, and one plaque will be awarded to the coolest antique tractor. At 11:30 a.m. the parade will start at the firehouse and head north up the main street. Plaque winners will be announced during the parade when winning participants reach the announcer who will be located near the park. A baby show will be held on stage in the park and prizes will be awarded. Registration will begin at 9:30 and the registration fee is $2. The categories of the contest are birth to 6 months, 7 to 12 months, 13 to 24 months and 25 to 47 months. Ages birth to 24 months must be in diapers only. The 25-47 month category must be dressed in bathing suit attire. At 10:30 a.m. the Little Mister and Miss contest will begin. Children from ages 4 to 8 with either parents or grandparents who reside in Wheeling are welcome to participate. The registration fee for this contest is also $2. Little Mister and Miss winners will ride in the parade. Dinner in the park with be held directly north of the shelter house following the parade and will be catered by Hy-Vee. Some local residence will be donating salads and desserts. Adults will be charged $10 and meals for children under 12 will be $5. Special guest "Young Country" will be begin playing music at 2:30 p.m. in the middle of the park. There will also be activities and games throughout the day including: washers, volleyball, bingo and cake walks. There is a 50/50 booth space available. The agriculture (grains, fruits, vegetables and weeds) will be located east of the shelter house and will be judged throughout the day. There will be a hamburger/concession stand located north of the shelter house and will be open all day. There will also be vendors set up throughout the park. At these vendors booths, spectators can find Tupperware, slushies, Pampered Chef products, Scentsy products, mums and more. Wheeling Homecoming planners invite people to bring their lawn chairs and stay for the day. Homecoming planner, Paula Grozinger, said she hopes the rain stays away, and if it does, she's expecting there to be a decent crowd in attendance.