After being advised to stay home for the previous two weekends to avoid accidents in snowy and icy weather, Hannibalians arrived by the hundreds Saturday, Jan. 26, for the Hannibal Jaycees' annual Wing Ding fundraiser to benefit the Abilities organization.
Seven wings teams competed for prize money. "Hundreds ventured out into the cold to enjoy some hot wings, ice cold beer and have a good time," said Bobi Mathews, Hannibal Jaycees second vice president.
She said the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center "at one point was almost a packed house as the community came out to support a good cause and sampled some yummy wings, all for a good cause."
Near the front door, Beth Platte of Mark Twain Distributing offered bowls to fill with wings.
The theme was "Revenge of the Wings," and people were encouraged to celebrate the "nerdy" theme. Among the people dressed for the theme was Shelley Riley, in blue suspenders.
The first place winner, Just Wing It, was awarded $1,000. Earlier at this booth Steven Meyer, serving wings with his wife, Alex, along with Jake Kenison and Charles Allison, said they won third place last year. Meyer said their recipe was a crowd pleaser. "We made them within four hours of the start time," he said after arriving from his shift with the Hannibal Fire Department.
The Doomsday Racing team's wings won $500 for placing second. The team also won best booth for its nerdy theme and Mayor's Choice for the Hannibal Bicentennial. Crystal Shepherd said the team won second last year. Jason Bates was busy serving wings, after Dennis Dooley added the sauce.
The People’s Choice winner was Tenhouse Trucking, which also placed third, winning $250. The team, including Gwen Brassfield, Brandy Embry, Tina Tenhouse and Dorina Heiden, reported they won first place in 2017. They explained their wings were all smoked with a dry rub, then had sweet and hot sauce added. They wore matching shirts, carrying out the nerdy theme.
Wings were not the only savory dishes. One booth offered Cozy Spuds, served by the Palmyra Jaycees, whose president, Cassie Long, said they also serve their spuds at the Palmyra fair and Taste of Palmyra.
The variety of wings included the Mark Twain Brewery's choice between Asian or buffalo or dry rub, Kiley McKenna said.
At the U.S. Cellular booth, Charles Tyler and Richard Medina served Courtnee Thompson.
The Hopewell Winery team, including Gina Edwards and Heather Anderson, offered three choices: blue cheese with garlic, buffalo sauce and blueberry barbecue.
At Drake's Steak and Ale, team members Shelby Gibbons and Daryan Fisher served people like John Osborne.
Mathews appreciated everyone in attendance for contributing to the fundraiser. "Thank you, everyone, for coming out to help support the Jaycees and helping us donate to a good cause," she said.
See photo gallery for more pictures of the Wing Ding.