Flock to the ‘Spring Thing Wing Thing’ at McKendree on Apr. 21

Restaurants, Businesses Invited to Enter Chicken Wing Contest

Lebanon, Ill. — Who serves the area’s tastiest chicken wings? McKendree University invites local restaurants and businesses to compete in its fourth annual “Spring Fling Wing Thing.” The event will be held outdoors on campus on Saturday, Apr. 21 from 2 to 6 p.m.

A $300 cash prize, a trophy, and a banner will be awarded to the “Bearcat Best Wing.” Trophies and banners will be awarded for the following categories: “The Chickasso” (Most Creative Wing); “Hot Chick on Campus” (Best Buffalo Style Hot Wing); and the “Best Finger Lick’n Chicken” (People’s Choice).

“Everyone loves wings and everybody has an opinion about their favorite style, favorite place to eat them, and favorite way of preparing them,” said Craig Robertson, director of campus activities. “Here’s an opportunity to let your wings do the talking. Our campus community really enjoyed last year’s competition. We’re hoping to get a total of 10 competitors for this year’s event.”

In addition to the cook-off, McKendree’s Spring Fling will feature music, contests, inflatables and other activities. “It’s the ‘last blast’ of the semester for our students and it becomes more special when we have participation from the community,” Robertson said.

Tickets will be sold for wing samples (10 for $6) and proceeds will be donated to Hope 4 Heroes to purchase gift boxes for deployed military troops. Hope 4 Heroes is an organization that helps support veterans, the military, their families, and communities.

To download an entry form for Wing Thing, visit www.mckendree.edu/springfling, or for more details, contact Craig Robertson at (618) 537-6856 or croberts@mckendree.edu.