Friends of Wayne Lakes hosts inaugural End of Summer Hog Roast


WAYNE LAKES – The Friends of Wayne Lakes inaugural End of Summer Hog Roast on Sept. 30 was deemed a success by FoWL President Adam Wicker.

“This fundraising and community-building event did just that,” Wicker said. “Everyone had a chance to meet and mingle, the weather was great, and the venue was enhanced by the inaugural activation of the new lake fountain on Kickapoo Lake right outside of the village clubhouse. The money raised from this event will help FoWL continue to do more of the good work we choose to do in the village, including sponsoring and organizing other community events, like the upcoming Halloween party.”

Trick or Treat in Wayne Lakes will be 2-4 p.m. Oct. 28 with events for the children after that at the clubhouse. Wayne Lakes will have hay wagon rides, a costume contest for multiple age groups, games and prizes.

“We are encouraged for doing the hog roast again next year, and we have several people to thank, especially all those who bought tickets ahead of time and everyone who showed up,” event organizer Tom Wetzel said. “We had nine entries in the blinded cake bake-off contest; thank you all for participating and congratulations to all of you. I was the judge and enjoyed every tasting bite, and more.”

The first place prize winner was Karen Sink with her international wedding cake, second place went to Rita Neff for her “mayonnaise” cake, and third place went to Gianna Bickel for her zucchini and cinnamon cake. All prizes were provided by donation.

“Thanks to Steve Lipps and his family for donation of their time and the Lipps Smackin’ Good BARBEQUE equipment for preparing the meats. Also, a huge thank you to all of the FoWL members and other volunteers who came out and made everything run smoothly. The funds raised will help us put up community communication boards in the village where useful information will be posted – including 2019 fishing rules and permit enforcement so everyone understands the importance of buying the permits. Without those funds, our lakes can’t be maintained as well as they should be,” Wetzel concluded.

Other donations for the event were received from the following local businesses: Cope’s Distribution, Rural King and Wintrow Signs in Greenville; Kirby Sutton’s grocery and The Olde Nostalgia Shoppe in Arcanum; and the Fort Jefferson United Methodist Church.

FoWL is a recently established 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to community improvements in the Village of Wayne Lakes. To become a FoWL member, donate or get information on upcoming FoWL events, visit @friendsofwaynelakes on Facebook or contact Wicker at 937-670-6697.