In its third year, the Wichita Wingapalooza is quite a deal.
Not only have organizers lowered the price of the event, which happens from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the floor of Intrust Bank Arena, but they’ve added another vendor, bringing the total to 25.
The event, which is put on by Intrust Bank Arena, invites local chicken wing fans to eat all they can for one price. And this year, that price has been reduced by $5. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event.
But don’t wait until the day of the event, advises Christine Pileckas, the arena’s director of sales and marketing. Tickets are going quickly this year, and it's likely they’ll be gone by Saturday.
The event has become more popular and well-known every year it’s happened, Pileckas said, and this year, the arena had restaurants calling to ask if they could participate.
A few new vendors have signed on since last year, including Slim Chickens, Stroud’s and Rib Crib. Several Wichita favorites also will be there, including The Anchor, Emerson Biggin’s, Gianni Bacci’s, Delano BBQ, Logan’s Roadhouse, The Monarch and Wings & Things.
Pileckas said the arena purposely caps the attendance at 2,000 so that the floor doesn’t get crowded and lines for wings don’t get too long.
“We want it to be all you can eat,” she said. “We don’t want you to stand in line all day.”
Attendees, who will be asked to vote for their favorite wing, also can buy beer from a craft beer garden and listen to a live DJ spin tunes. “Veggie stations” also will be set up so that people can cool and cleanse their palates with celery and carrots and blue cheese and Ranch dressing.
And there’s a new addition this year: At noon, attendees can watch a wing-eating contest that pits first responders against each other. Groups of EMS workers, sheriff’s officers and firefighters will try to gnaw wings to the bone as quickly as they can for bragging rights and a trophy.
What: An all-you-can-eat chicken wing event
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman
How much: $20 in advance, $25 day of the event