WHITESBORO — The 2019 CNY Wing Wars to benefit local cancer patients in financial need through the Joseph M. Chubbuck Foundation will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Harts Hill Inn on Clinton Street.
The event is sponsored by 96.1 The Eagle and Tri-Valley Beverage. Tickets are $25 and include one free beer or soda, one slice of pizza, one dozen wings — or one wing sample from each participating vendor, and celery and blue cheese. There will be a 50/50 raffle, basket raffle, and a 55-inch HDTV raffle donated by Walmart Distribution Center.
Performance DJs will provide music.
Returning to defend their 2018 titles are: O’Baby’s for Best Wing (Public Vote), Kilabew Saloon for Most Unique Wing (Celebrity Judges Choice), and Pie Squared for Best Wing (Celebrity Judges Choice) and Most Unique Wing (Public Vote).
New to this year’s CNY Wing Wars are Dinosaur BBQ, Piggy Pat’s, Pizza Classic, Campus Inn Pizza, and A Taste of Laos. Returning participants include Franco’s Pizza of Whitesboro (Best Wing in 2017), Hot Off The Brick, Pizza Boys, and Tony’s of Westmoreland.
The 2019 Celebrity Judges panel will include Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, the Empire Plate’s Bill Vinci, WKTV’s Kristen Copeland, and 96.1 The Eagle’s Cindy McMullen and Keith James.
At the conclusion of the Wing War event, the Celebrity Judges Panel will present awards for Best Wing and Most Unique Wing, and a foundation representative will present awards for Best Wing and Most Unique Wing Public Vote.
“The Wing Wars is one of the foundation’s most popular events and tickets sell fast,” said Foundation Vice-president Barb Chubbuck. “Everyone enjoys tasting the variety of wings and voting for whom they feel are the best and most unique.”
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.thejmcf.org under “Events” or by calling 315-339-5993 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are limited to 250 and will be available at the door until sold out.