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Wakeman firefighters host homecoming festival

By IVY KELLER • Jul 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

WAKEMAN — The Wakeman firefighters are hosting their annual homecoming festival this weekend from Friday to Sunday. 

The festival opens at 8 p.m. Friday with a showing of the classic Steven Spielberg movie E.T. at the Wakeman Village Park. The film will start at dusk and families are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

On Saturday, the festival starts with a 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. with registration at 7 a.m. There also will be a farmer’s market from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Wakeman Eagles will welcome the musical stylings of Ball & Chain and Emily Keener at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by the queen’s court and crowning ceremony at 7:30. A fireworks show at dusk will end the day.

Local girls already have competed for the title of queen. The competition was close, said royalty advisor Jocelyn Hanko, as girls were judged on their public speaking skills, how they would represent Wakeman and their knowledge and respect for firefighters and fire safety.

Sunday, the festival features a fishing derby and parade. Registration for the derby is at 8 a.m. at the Eagles, with kickoff at 9:30 a.m. The parade is at 1 p.m. with registration at noon. There also will be kids’ crafts at the library starting at 10 a.m. 

There will be concession stands, firefighter games and kids activities on Sunday, as well as St. Mary’s Café and car show.

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