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15th annual Wabash Fest a hit

The cruise-in at Saturday's Wabash Festival in Forrest.

The 15th annual Forrest Wabash Festival was a hit despite some early morning weather concerns on Saturday.

“When you wake up at 4:30 in the morning and it’s pouring rain, your next thought is hey let’s have a car show tomorrow morning,” joked Kirk Leman, organizer of the car, truck and semi cruise-in.

Randy Weber ran the Wabash car show for several years before asking Leman and his crew to take it over.

“Being that my business is mostly body work and collision on semis, I figured it was only fitting to add trucks,” Leman said.

Saturday’s cruise-in featured around 50 automobiles and 10 semis. Leman hopes to have just as good of a turnout next year, if not better. Each participant received a free t-shirt compliments of the event sponsors and a select few won trophies for their entries.

Wabash Festival also included attractions such as horse rides, antique tractors, race car simulator, face painting, kiddie train rides and inflatables. Dan Barth’s Old Time Medicine Show was presented several times throughout the day and Sally the Clown made balloons and magic.

New to the scene this year were Ruel’s Reps with a reptile educational experience and a 26-foot climbing tower known as The Pinnacle from Upper Limits.

Breakfast and lunch goodies were served at the Trackside Grill and other food was provided by Cilantro & Lime, Coffee Steamer, and Rink “Corn” Berger Kettle Corn.

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