Goodbye – Barry (Ed) Karcher [2020-02-01]

Goodbye - Barry (Ed) Karcher [2020-02-01]

Barry (Ed) Karcher joined the ancestors on Feb. 1, 2020. He attended the very first Wheatland festival east of Remus with his wife, Alice and two young daughters and attended most every festival since then. For several years Ed helped sell tickets and helped with setup and takedown chores. He was proud to call Gladys […] Read more »

Goodbye – Gene Harris [2020-01-04]

Goodbye - Gene Harris [2020-01-04]

Longtime Wheatland Board member and Jive at Five bassist Tom T. Ball wrote, “The Wheatland family lost a good friend and fabulous musician in Gene Harris when he passed away on January 4th, 2020. Gene and his supportive wife Eathyl lived in the Big Rapids area for over 50 years, which provided a base for […] Read more »

Goodbye – Lori Rae Smalley [2019-01]

Goodbye - Lori Rae Smalley [2019-01]

Carol Atkinson reported that her daughter Lori Rae Smalley, of St. Johns, died of esophageal cancer in January 2019. A vintage Wheatland Quilt was donated by Lori’s family in her memory. The quilt was constructed from several 1970’s Wheatland t-shirts. It was originally won by Lori’s mother, Carol Atkinson, at a Wheatland raffle; and was […] Read more »

Goodbye – Janese (Finkler) Gorecki [2019-12-01]

Goodbye - Janese (Finkler) Gorecki [2019-12-01

Janese (Finkler) Gorecki, was called to her heavenly home on December 1, 2019. She began attending Wheatland Music Festival in 1990 with her brother Dennis Finkler, who since passed in 1997. Janese really enjoyed the “Wheatland Way” – like how everyone is friends, but complete strangers and takes care of one another. She embraced the […] Read more »

Goodbye – Frank Frayer [2019-12-01]

Frank Frayer died on December 1, 2019. His son Matthew wrote that Frank began attending the Wheatland Festival in the early 1980s and bringing his kids. Frank volunteered as a red shirt. Among his tasks as a volunteer was helping to assemble Centennial Stage. Matt said that, after he began bringing his own family to […] Read more »

Hello – Annabelle McGinn (2020-08-13)

Parents Cassondra and Greg McGinn, and proud big brother Jack, welcome Annabelle (named after Cassondra’s Great Grandmother), born on August 13, 2020. Cassondra and Greg have been attending the Wheatland Festival since 2012, and Greg—an electrician—has volunteered for many years. Read more »

Hello – Banks Bally (2020-04-23)

Hello - Banks Bally

Wheatland Executive Director Lola Tyler and husband Bill are excited to announce the birth of their great-grandson, Banks Bally, born on April 23, 2020 to Adriana McCaffrey (their granddaughter) and Terrence Bally. Grandparents are Diana McCaffrey, Steve McCaffrey, and Mr. & Mrs. Eddie Bally. Banks is a fourth generation Wheatlander, and we hope to meet […] Read more »