Winning wings teams take home cash prizes

With an estimated 2,000 people crowding into the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center Saturday, Jan. 28, for the Hannibal Jaycees' annual Wing Ding, it was not surprising that the teams ran out of wings by 3 p.m., after serving them for two hours. Jamie McCoy, event chairperson with the Jaycees, reported thousands of pounds of wings were provided by the Jaycees.

In addition to raising funds for Down Country, which helps people with disabilities, the Jaycees awarded cash prizes to the winning wings teams.

First place for the second consecutive year — with a $1,000 prize — went to Just Wing It. Earlier in the afternoon, Madison Banton, Audrey Quinlin and Alex Crane served the wings, while Charles Allison declined to offer their recipe but said their wings were “made with love.”

The Time Out wings team won the $500 second place prize.

Third place with a $250 prize was won by McMillan Law firm, which also won $100 as the People's Choice winner. In this booth, Danny Essig had earlier reported they had a secret recipe, as Laurie Dodd served the crowd.

Doomsday Wings won $100 for the best decorated booth. Many team members wore tie-dyed shirts in keeping with the “WingStock” theme.

Broadway Bar & Grill won the commercial prize. At this booth, team members Tonia Bramblett, Aaron Leake, Brandy Gollaher and Annie Davis explained their dry rub wings are served on the daily menu.

As Corey and Alex Fry of Perry served wings in their Deplorables booth, he explained their recipe. “When I signed up, I stayed up all night” thinking about a recipe. He decided on chicken and waffles, reporting, “We used real butter and maple syrup, and added buffalo hot wing spice.”

At the Up In Smoke booth, Rachel Kesterson, Seth Ingram and Timmy Thirau explained they used a maple glaze.

The meandering crowd that was busy tasting the wings chose a variety of favorites. Kaitlyn and Shawn Pezold enjoyed the Dynamite Wings, with their dry rub flavor, as did Cory and Kristen Powell.

Michael Dittmer favored Doomsday, while his friends, Devonte Clark and Nathan Doehl, chose Bo's Barbecue, and Ryan Hill named McMillan Law Firm's wings his best choice.

Cory and Kristen Powell were enjoying the “dry rub” flavor of their Dynamite Chicken wings, naming it their favorite flavor.

Earlier Saturday, 52 people participated in their First Annual 5K Rooster Run, a benefit for Landon's Helping Paws. This organization pairs service dogs with children with disabilities.

Ashley Veach, the Jaycees leader of this event, reported the winners, first through third place, respectively were:

Men's Overall – Julio Juravze, Kyle Englehardt and Bastravio Castro.

Women's Overall – Marisa Ellison, Laura Hulse and Katie Clopper.

As the crowd prepared to depart from the Wing Ding, Jaycees President Adrienne Abright reported, “The Hannibal Jaycees are very pleased to have been able to partner with Miller Lite on this event. We had a wonderful crowd today and raised a lot of money to fund two very worthy causes. We thank everyone for participating and making this year's Wing Ding such a huge success!”

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