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The Third Annual Chicken Wing Cook Off to benefit the foster care office took place Saturday in Fayetteville.
This event gets bigger and better every year! This year, the cook off was held at a different location and was tied to a large community yard sale type event, which proved very effective as the sale generated a lot of additional traffic and increased sales of chicken wings. In addition, our board chair, Pat Talkington, who is employed by Cumulus Broadcasting, did a great job in providing the event and KidsPeace with an abundance of free radio advertising, which also helped to bring many people to the event.
The number of volunteers needed to conduct this event is astounding. From the folk who pay $200.00 to enter their wings and all of the work around setting up booths, grills and everything else necessary to cook and attract customers to their booths (the marketing banners and other attention getters that were developed were amazing). Mountaire Farms again donated all of the 45 lbs of wings per booth. Music was provided free by both a DJ and a live performer. Great gifts/prizes were obtained from community retail vendors for the winning wings categories (categories include: Judges Choice , Most Creative Sauce, The People's Choice and Most Creative Booth). The Judges included: Mayor of Fayetteville Anthony G. Chavonne, Ms. Fayetteville 2011 and our Professional Chef and BOA member Ms. Mia Parker. Approximately 50 teenagers from a local high school JROTC attended and volunteered to do whatever was needed of them, and countless others were involved in selling tickets, beverages and other food items.
The Fayetteville BOA, and Brian Rixon and his staff from the Fayetteville office, and countless volunteers are to be commended for the tremendous effort that went into this fabulous day and very successful event for KidsPeace. In spite of threatening weather, and rain cutting the event short by an hour, it appears this event will have raised more than $10,000.00!! This is a substantial increase from the $6000.00 totals that we received the previous 2 years.
It is with great pride we mention that our own KidsPeace Chicken Wing Booth was the picked as the winner of the Judges Choice with our sauce entries of "Sweet and Sneaky" (our Family Consultant Sylvia McKoy's fiancé's secret recipe that starts sweet and finishes with a kick) and our own "Razy Taz" sauce that combines raspberry and heat. Staff members were thrilled, but no prize was accepted. In addition, our Family Consultant Amanda Aubrey's fiancé and his friend set up a booth and entered various different wing sauces and were awarded third place in the Peoples Choice award!
Thanks to everyone who made this great event possible.