LAKE PLACID - Restaurants and businesses from around the region are once again vying to see who has the best chicken wings. And, they're doing it to benefit a good cause.
Wing Wars will return to Wiseguys this Sunday, Nov. 14, creating a friendly competition among eight eateries wanting to take home the title of best wings. Participating businesses each provide 500 wings for attendees to chow down on during the four-hour event to benefit North Country Life Flight.
"It's really a great event," said Mary Jane Connors, president and chief executive officer of North Country Life Flight. "People look forward to it because it's a lot of fun."
The event, now in its third year, gives attendees the chance to sample wings in an all-you-can-eat format for $12. Proceeds help North Country Life Flight provide free air medical rescue service to people in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington, Hamilton, Herkimer and portions of Jefferson and Lewis counties.
Events like Wing Wars make all the difference when it comes to being able to provide their service, said Connors.
"People may think $12 isn't going to make a huge difference, but when you add that to another $12 and another $12, that's what makes us able to fly someone," said Connors. "Every dime we get donated helps out."
In its inaugural year, Wing Wars raised $595. That amount nearly tripled last year when the event raised $1,635, said Connors.
"This year, we'll be adding some other things to help keep raising more money," she said.
Raffles are anticipated to help add to the draw of Wing Wars, with two items especially expected to be a hit - a lightweight kayak, donated by Saratoga Eagle, distributors of Yuengling, and a family pack of four tickets to Smucker's Stars on Ice in Lake Placid.
However, the food alone is enough to draw many, said Jim Williams, vice president and sales manager of WSLP 93.3 FM, the event's sponsor.
"Everyone who attended the event for the past two years has been surprised and impressed with the variety of creative and tasty wing recipes cooked up for Wing Wars," said Williams, "and enjoy eating, voting and helping to save lives by supporting North Country Life Flight. Life Flight is such a critical asset in our region; their service has made such a difference for so many individuals and families in our local area for over 21 years."
Wing Wars will kick off at Wiseguys, 3 School St., at noon. Participating eateries in Wing Wars 3 include 2008 and 2009 Wing War Champion Wiseguys; Romano's Saranac Lanes; Kanu Restaurant at Whiteface Lodge; Dancing Bears Restaurant at High Peaks Resort, Desperado's Mexican Restaurant; The Cellar Bistro; Maggie's Pub at Lake Placid Lodge; and Northern Exposure Restaurant at Northwoods Inn.
Those who attend will receive a ballot and, after they've sampled all the wings, will be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced live on WSLP/93.3 FM.
For more information about the event or North Country Life Flight, call 891-6853. Tax-deductible donations may also be sent to the organization, P.O. Box 994, Saranac Lake N.Y. 12983.