First annual ‘Wing Fest’ sells out


By Joel Charron

All Kevan Carroll wanted to do was help a few families in need, while finding out who had the best chicken wings in town.

This past Saturday, Carroll, along with Jeff Turner hosted the first annual WingFest at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 and raised $2,137.75 for four local families in need.

“Kevan and I toyed around with idea a couple of years ago but nothing ever came about it but he approached me about two months ago telling me that he really wanted to do this and I was all for it,” said Turner.

Knights of Columbus, The Mexican Grill, Naples Pizza, Pizza V, Lord Amherst and the Legion put their chicken wings to the test as a sold out group of 175 hungry people feasted on the morsels of meat then voted on their favorite.


Jim Holdaway and Ron “Chubby Chicken” Fryer hold out a tray of their tasty “Chubby Chicken” wings.

Carroll said 100 per cent of the proceeds would go towards four local families in need.

“There are a lot of families in Amherstburg that are going through some tough times,” said Carroll.

Carroll added they approached a few organizations such as Amherstburg Community Services, Knights of Columbus and Christ Church to assists in finding families.

The funds raised will be converted into gift cards from Sobeys, No Frills and Wal-Mart and be given to the chosen families.

“We don’t want to know what families get them, we just want to know they are going to families that need them,” said Carroll.

Carroll said he was amazed on the turnout.

“We are very happy that people came out to support this event,” he added.

Ron “Chubby Chicken” Fryer, who prepared chicken wings for the Knight of Columbus said he was looking forward to competing in the title of “Amherstburg’s best chicken wing.”

“This was a lot of fun and it’s all for charity,” said Fryer. “I love food and food loves me.”

The Royal Canadian Legion took home the inaugural title, followed by Lord Amherst and Knight of Columbus coming in third.

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