WAYLAND — It isn’t about what we have lost, but about what we are holding onto.
The Wayland Potato Festival is no more, but there are still plenty of family-fun activities scheduled for the weekend of Aug.25,26, and 27 at Victory Park. The Wayland Area Historical Society will have a bake sale and garage sale that weekend as well.
On Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. the Wayland Fire Department will have their Fireman’s Waterball Competition. This competition has been a highlight of the area for many years.
Wayland Hose Co. member Lindsay Pirrung said this event kicks-off the weekend.
“We want some new teams this year,” she said. “We have been hosting this event for many years. We always have a great turnout, so the fire department decided to keep this event.”
Some of the Wayland Fire Department members got together long ago, and started this family-fun event.
Pirrung said she loves the event, because it brings out different communities.
“It is a community event that brings everyone together,” she said. “Lots of people come out to show their support.”
The best part of the event is watching how excited the children get, Pirrung said.
“We are going to continue this for many years to come,” she said. “If you haven’t seen it before you need to see it.”
On Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Wayland Rotary Club will host a Classic Car Show and Food Truck Rodeo.
Wayland Rotary Club member Jean McMillan said she is thrilled about the car show. The car show has always been a very popular event. The club hopes to make this a continuous event like the Human Foosball Tournaments. Cruize’n Time will provide the music for the event.
The idea is to keep the community involved all weekend long.
“We hope to get good weather for all three events, and have a huge turnout,” McMillan said. “We are getting it all pulled together. We have a lot of cars willing to come.”
The club has been very busy promoting the car show with all the classic car owners.
“Someone from the area is going to play Bagpipes starting at 10 a.m. for an hour at the car show,” McMillan said. “We are really looking forward to that.”
There will be a spectator award this time around as well, so all who come should vote for their favorite car.
On Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Genesee Valley Antique Tractor Club will put on their famous Wayland Tractor Pull.
Genesee Valley Antique Tractor Club member Don Walker said they have been doing this for many years, and perform all over Western New York and the Southern Tier. The group started in 1989, and takes tractors from 1959 and older.
“This is a low cost way of having fun,” Walker said. “Good friends get together and compete in this event.”
There are about 12 pulls put on a year for the group. There are three categories that go from smallest to biggest and the skill level. You can start Tractor Pulls at 10 years old. Walker’s 11-year-old granddaughter, Pearl Walker, is one of the best in the business.
“Pearl does very well,” Walker said. “If you give kids good direction, and responsibility they do an excellent job.”
The National Anthem kicks-off the entire event, and it acts as a way to bring patriotism to this family-fun time. The American Flag flies free the whole time as well.
“This acts like a church for many of us,” Walker said. “It is a fun activity for people to come and watch all day.”
Walker said he hopes this will continue on for many years to come.
“These are good solid of the earth people,” he said. “We have a lot of people who love classic cars and tractors. They come every year.”
There will be food and drinks available at all of these events.