58th Annual Wayne City Bean Days


Emilee Jones

For most Wayne City natives, Bean Days is the most exciting time of the year. Kicking off the festival this year is Bean Queen on Saturday, September 21, 2019, located in the Wayne City Performance Gym. The next event, Church Night, will be held Thursday, September 26 at the Church of God, located in Wayne City. The Bean Days 5k Color Run, a favorite of many, will be held at the Old School Parking Lot, Friday, September 27 at 5 pm. A Pinochle game will be held at the Community Building at 6:30 pm, also taking place on Friday.

There is a lot in store for Saturday, September 28; starting the day off will be a Tractor Show from 7 – 9 am in the NW School Parking Lot. All parade participants will be asked to line up for the parade at 8 am on Walnut Street. Just after the tractor show ends, the Flea Market located on Mill Street will be open from 9 am – 6:30 pm for anyone to enjoy. Also starting at 9 am will be the Quilt Show located in the Baptist Church Fellowship Hall and will last until 3 pm. The Car and Truck Show will take place in the SW School Parking Lot, lasting from  9:30 am – 1:30 pm.

One of the most anticipated events of the day, the Parade, will start at 10 am and will run through Main Street, from Section Line to Washington. Ham and Beans will be served at 11 am in the Road in Front of the Community Building and will be free. Also beginning at 11 am will be the Lions Club Train and Bossy Bingo, both located in the grass by the Baptist Church parking lot. The raffle drawing will take place in a tent on Mill Street located by the Community Building. The All Class Reunion will take place in the Community Building from 1:30 – 4 pm. Kicking off the Evening will be Bingo at the Community Building from 4 – 6 pm. The most popular event of the day, the Bean Days Rodeo, will be held at the Wayne City Saddle Club starting at 7 pm. Ellie Dickey stated, “Going to the rodeo is my favorite thing to do on Bean Days.” After the Rodeo is over, it is a tradition for most teens to go teepeeing for the first time of the season. For most people in Wayne City, Bean Days is the kick-off to fall.