HANNIBAL | Two of the wings teams competing at the Great Wingsby were double winners in the 16th annual Wing Ding co-sponsored by the Jaycees of Hannibal and Mark Twain Distributing on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.
Dennis Dooley's Doomsday team won $1,000 for first place in the wings contest and won $250 for the Best Display based on a well-decorated booth.
Wing Nutz won $500 for second place in the wings contest. Team members were four friends: Gwen Brassfield, Tina Tenhouse, Dorma Heiden and Brandy Embry. They reported they won first place two years ago and third in 2019. Their wings are smoked and flavored with their own sweet and spicy sauce.
The Yard Burglars, led by Steven Meyer, got $250 for third place in wings and also received $166 as the People's Choice winner.
Meyer also entered his Just Wing It team, which included a large group of Hannibal friends.
With a wall-to-wall crowd filling the building, many teams had run out of wings by 3 p.m. Some were asked their recipe, such as John Sheffer of Gallery BASF, who reported his were smoked and flavored with a dry rub.
At the Drake's Steak and Ale booth, owners Tim and Jennifer Hart posed for a photo after running out of wings. He explained they serve the same recipe at Drake's. Their wings are first smoked, then fried with their homemade barbecue sauce.
Hope Gibbons of Mark Twain Distributing estimated 1,500 people had paid $5 to attend the event, based on the wristbands that had been distributed. This year's event will benefit Camp Wonderland at Lake Ozark, which serves people with disabilities.
Kami Harsell, Wing Ding chairman with the Jaycees, was glad to see such a huge crowd, and noted the event had three new teams this year.
“We've had a wonderful turnout for the 16th annual Wing Ding,” Harsell said. “The Jaycees appreciate the support for Wonderland Camp and the Jaycees' charitable efforts.”
Jesse Worrell of Mark Twain Distributing was selling the Great Wingsby shirts and noted they will continue to be sold at Mark Twain Distributing.
See photo gallery for more pictures of The Great Wingsby.