Small Town Traditions

Madeline Boyd, reporter

Wayne City’s annual Bean Days has finally rolled around and the whole town is preparing. This year, Bean Days was kicked off on September 17 with Bean Queen. Next, the 5K prom fundraiser will take place on September 23. Although Bean Queen is held the week prior, the night of the 5K is when it starts to feel like Bean Days. 5K coordinator Angie Kelly says, “This event is so fun for everyone. We separate men and women into two different categories and draw prizes for runners that place. It really is a great way to start the weekend and an even better fundraiser.” The Wayne City junior class will be putting on a pork burger and hot dog fundraiser and there will be a local band at Sweeties that night. This is a great way to get people excited for the main event the next day. Wayne City, and neighboring towns are looking forward to this year’s celebration because the annual ham and beans are returning after a year of not having them. The Bluford Ruritans will be taking over and preparing them. The main event of the weekend, the parade, starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24 and will be followed by community fellowship and gouging on food for the remainder of the day. To wrap it all up, the Wayne City Saddle Club hosts a rodeo that night starting at 7 p.m. “I absolutely love the rodeo. It really makes me feel like I am living my cowgirl dreams,” exclaims junior Gracie Loker. Bean Days really marks the ending of summer and beginning of fall, so the town knows what that means; although the day has ended, TP-ing season now starts.