The Hannibal Jaycees are looking for teams to participate in its ninth annual Wing Ding on Saturday, Jan. 26. A prize of $1,000 will be up for grabs.
The event will be held at the Admiral Coontz Armory in downtown Hannibal. Doors will open to the public at 11 a.m. Wings will be served at 1 p.m. Judging will take place at 4 p.m.
First place will be awarded $1,000; second place, $500; and third place, $250.
This year’s theme is “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere.” Teams are encouraged to dress in their favorite themed attire and decorate their booths accordingly. The best-decorated booth will be awarded a cash prize of $100.
The Hannibal Jaycees will provide the chicken wings for all contestants. Commercial fryers and oil are available upon request for any teams that will be using non-battered wings. Teams can sauce, season, rub or BBQ their wings. Each team must have at least one member on-hand to assist with the cooking. Teams are allowed to bring their own grill, fryer or smoker if they notify the Jaycees in advance. All cooking will take place outside under the overpass.
The Wing Ding is a smoke-free, adults-only event. Absolutely no one under age 21 will be admitted. There will be games and activities throughout the day and the Hannibal Jaycees will sell pretzels, water, soda and adult beverages. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Wing Ding will go toward new baseball fields for the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department. Cans recycled from the event will benefit the Great River Honor Flight, a program that provides no-cost flights to local military veterans to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C.
Complete rules and entry forms are available at www.hannibaljaycees.org. An entry form can also be obtained by calling Jennifer Foster at (573) 231-2630 or Rhonda Stevenson at 248-6833. Entries must be submitted by noon Friday, Jan. 25th. The entry fee is $100 per team of up to 5 people. Teams signing up by Dec. 31 will receive a $25 early-bird discount.