But after using up all the cases of wings, organizers had to run out to purchase another five cases during Sunday's second annual Ambridge Eagles Wing Cook-Off.
“We went through 60 cases of wings,” said Peake, who co-chaired the event with Allie Mooney.
In fact, it took triple the amount of wings this year -- a total of 19,000 wings.
Organizers said thousands of people from around western Pennsylvania came out to the Wing Cook-Off, which took place on Fourth Street between Maplewood Avenue and Park Road.
Dave Drewnowski, Ambridge fire chief, estimated peak attendance reached 1,500 to 1,800 at one time.
Despite a period of rain, Peake said many people stayed to enjoy the day, which included live music and entertainment. Peake and Allie Mooney thanked the participants, sponsors and volunteers for their support.
Eight businesses competed in the professional division and four individuals in the amateur division. A panel of five judges chose the winners.
The top winners were:
1. Firehouse Lounge
3. Matt Morrow (with Rook’s close for third).
Best Hot Wings:
- Business division – Talerico’s, winner two years in a row
- Individual division – Matt Morrow
- Big Creek BBQ for Smoked Sweet BBQ (Business division)
- Matt Morrow for Maple Bacon BBQ (Individual division)
Participating businesses were Hollywood Café, Talericos, Firehouse Lounge, Little Athens, Big Creek Barbecue, Robert’s Roadside Inn and Rooks.
Participating individuals were Chas Mooney and Paul Shipeck, the McCall brothers, Matt Morrow and Ed Colon.
Funds raised will be donated to either the American Diabetes Association or the Diabetes Research Center, one of the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ largest fundraising ventures.
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