“Wingfest” sees rise in attendance for third straight year

 

Wingfest organizers Kevan Carroll (far left) and Jeff Turner (far right) present the winning banner to Ernie and Laura Gazdig, representing Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. The Legion won the Wingfest for the third consecutive year. This year’s event was held at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall.

Wingfest organizers Kevan Carroll (far left) and Jeff Turner (far right) present the winning banner to Ernie and Laura Gazdig, representing Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. The Legion won the Wingfest for the third consecutive year. This year’s event was held at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall.

John MacLeod,  an officer with the 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, was one of the guest servers during Saturday night’s Wingfest held at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall. Proceeds from the event, which have yet to be finalized, will be donated within the Amherstburg  community.

John MacLeod,
an officer with the 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, was one of the guest servers during Saturday night’s Wingfest held at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall. Proceeds from the event, which have yet to be finalized, will be donated within the Amherstburg
community.

By Ron Giofu

 

“Wingfest” had a bigger venue, more people in attendance but the same winner as in the past two years.

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 won for the third consecutive year with Kinfolk and Rosa’s taking second and third place respectively. The biggest winners, however, will be three non-profit organizations and a local family to be determined as the proceeds from Saturday night’s event at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Organized by Jeff Turner and Kevan Carroll, the “Wingfest” featured entries from nine restaurants overall with others including K of C Council 2110, Bob-Lo Island Restaurant, Shooter’s Roadhouse, Lord Amherst Public House, Meadows by the Lake, and Artisan Grill.

Carroll pointed out attendance grew from 80 to 130 in its first two years when it was held at the Legion and, now in a larger venue for the third year, it went up to 250 people. Turner said the growth of the event is due to a simple reason.

“People like chicken wings,” said Turner. “I’d like to think we put on a good event as well.”

Turner added they have the assistants of many volunteers.

“Without them and the entrants, this wouldn’t happen,” he said.

Carroll believed they present a good value as the $15 ticket allowed people to listen to two bands and enjoy the wings. He said they may look at expanding again next year. A final fundraising total was not available at press time but they hope to raise between $4-5,000.

Both Carroll and Turner said the event not only will see its proceeds stay in town, but all supplies and donations came from Amherstburg.

“It’s a community spirit,” said Turner. “Everything in the room tonight is about Amherstburg. We believe in the community we live in.”

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