WAKEMAN - "I think it's going really well this year," said Alice Schauss during Sunday's Wakeman Homecoming Firemen's Festival.
Schauss, who is secretary of the festival committee, said the weather couldn't have been better, and there was something for almost everyone to enjoy.
Almost 30 kids participated in the police department's fishing contest and the newest event the baby contest was a big success, she said.
The parade featured more than 50 units, including floats, tractors, horses, fire trucks, bikes, cars, queens and their courts, bagpipers and a group of Civil War re-enactors.
Parade winners were: Willow Brook Farms for best overall entry; Wakeman Wrangler 4-H Club for best float; Collins United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School for best novelty float, Western Reserve High School for best marching band; and the Laureate Alpha Ometa Sorority for best car Leroy Stober and his 1918 Model-T.
Several businesses sold food and other items on the "midway" behind the Eagles, and the Wakeman Lions, the Wakeman Congregational Church plus several 4-H clubs offered games and contests.
Firefighters from Berlin Township, Florence Township, Townsend, Rocky Ridge, Camden, Vermilion city and township and Wakeman participated in the firefighter games.
Schauss said the festival is the result of the efforts of many community members, including the festival committee, which consisted of Dave Dillon, Jim Tansey, Tim Brubaker, Steve Matus, Barb Collins, Kathleen Frey, Courtney Saylor and Tim Hunker.