How does a chicken cure cancer? By raising money and awareness for the Webster County Relay for Life.
The second annual Wing It for Relay, a best chicken wing contest, will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday to kick off this year's Relay for Life.
A $5 ticket buys one wing from each of nine participating businesses, said Relay chairperson Ashley O'Brion. Diners will vote on their favorite wing, and at the end of the night a winner will be announced.
It's a great time to learn more about the Relay, and maybe even sign up to participate, O'Brion said.
"Last year, 10 teams signed up for the Relay there. That's our goal, that they'll come and sign up," she said.
She said the idea of a chicken wing contest came up in one of the committee meetings and took off from there.
If you go:
What: Best Chicken Wing Contest at Wing It for Relay, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society
When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota, 2723 Fifth Ave. S.
Cost: $5 at any participating business, at Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota in advance or at the door. Ticket includes one wing from each of nine restaurants. Drinks available for purchase.
"We decided it would be something fun and different to do for our kickoff event," she said.
She said last year's event was a big success.
"You never know how it will got the first year, but we had planned for 350 people, and we sold 350 tickets," said O'Brion. "This year we're planning for 500."
Nick Johnson, the Relay's publicity chair, said they'd received a positive response.
"Last year we raised a lot of money for the American Cancer Society," Johnson said. "More importantly, we raised a lot of awareness for the Relay for Life and what is going on in our community."
Last year 10 restaurants signed up to provide wings, with one more joining at the last minute.
This year, eight restaurants and one businesses will be competing for the title of best chicken wing: Willow Ridge, The Brickyard, Community Pizza and Tap, Sneakers, Hy-Vee, Lefti's, Sports Page, Fourth Street Depot and Party Productions.
"Party Productions was at the event last year, and they wanted to participate," Johnson said. "They do sell frozen wings, so they'll cook those and bring the frozen wings."
He said people enjoyed the assortment of wings last year.
"Some were very spicy, and some were mild; a lot of it depends on personal preference," he said. "People commented on how good the wings are, or how big the wings are. Ten different wings is really quite a few for the $5 it costs to come."
Like last year, the winner of this year's competition will get its logo printed on the back of the Relay for Life T-shirts.
O'Brion is the chairperson of both the Relay and the wing contest this year. She was previously on team recruitment for the Relay committee for two years.
"Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society have been a big part of my life," she said. "My mother was a cancer survivor and my grandpa. I know it means a lot to my mom; when I was asked to get involved, it was kind of a no-brainer for me."
The Webster County Relay for Life will be from 6 p.m. to midnight June 22 at Dodger Stadium, Johnson said.
"There's lots of entertainment and very touching personal stories. It's a great place for survivors, caregivers, family members and friends to join together to celebrate life, to create awareness, to help find cures and fight back against disease," he said.
"We always get asked, do I have to be a part of a team to come or have something to do with the American Cancer Society? No, anybody and everybody is welcome. You can come and go as you please; you don't have to stay from 6 to midnight. There's different things going on throughout the evening."
It's the same way with the wing contest, he said - just come out and enjoy the wings.
Contact Joe Sutter at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org