The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 1, 2013

25th annual Wheat Country Festival planned

By Candy Oller, Billings Chamber reporter
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The 25th annual Wheat Country Festival was the main topic of the monthly Billings Chamber of Commerce meeting Aug. 21 at the Billings Community Center.

Rick Hartz, Wheat Festival chair, reported the entertainment schedule for the Oct. 12 event was filling up, and includes the NOC Roustabouts from Tonkawa and the Bill Rotter Band from Perry.

Hartz also reported the sanctioned lawnmower pulls will return, as will horse and wagon rides.

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast hosted by Billings Rotary Club will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 12 to kick off the day’s events.

Arts and crafts booth vendors will be open for business beginning at 9 a.m.

The Town & Country OHCE group will sponsor the pie and cake auction, and the Bellmon Library and Renfrow-Miller Museum will be open to visitors.

Food booths offering a variety of items, including Indian tacos and barbecue brisket dinners, will be available to festival goers.

T-shirts will be on sale at First Bank and Trust, while supplies last. Hartz also reported he had a check from the town of Billings to be used for tourism and Wheat Festival expenses.

In other business, Hartz said the town had been approved for an $880,000 loan for sewer lagoon repairs.

The loan possibly would be paid back partially with a grant still in the application process. He said acceptance of the loan will result in a rate increase for water and sewer fees for customers. Hartz also reported a code enforcement officer had been hired by the town.