After a week of waiting, more than 100 local wing fans turned out at Old Town Square to watch eight Fort Collins restaurants face off in Kappa Deltaâ€™s â€œWar of the Wings.â€
The event, which took place Friday after being postponed due to rain April 23, was held in support of Prevent Child Abuse America, Lutheran family Services and Child Safe.
â€œAs a fellow Greek, I try to support good philanthropies,â€ said engineering major and Tau Kappa Epsilon member Aaron Kim. â€œThe wings just made it that much better.â€
Although the event moved from Old Town Square to Armory Hall, located at 314 E. Mountain Ave. next Lyric Cinema CafÃ©, all participating restaurants and event partners were still able to attend.
The competition, judged by five local hot wing enthusiasts, was a neck-and-neck race between all restaurants involved. But in the end, Mo Jeauxâ€™s walked away with the title of best wings. Famous Daveâ€™s and Crazy Jackâ€™s Saloon rounded out the top three.
NOCO 5 sports anchor Anthony Keith was one of the judges and said he believed Mo Jeauxâ€™s was the clear-cut favorite.
â€œI eat wings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All the wings were great, but Mo Jeauxâ€™s wings were a flavor explosion,â€ Keith said.
Judge Courtney Hart from 99.9 The Point agreed: â€œMo Jeauxâ€™s stood out for me. They were smoky and had the right amount of sauce, not too wet and not too dry. Famous Daveâ€™s were good as well; the barbecue flavors from both were impressive.â€
All wings were submitted anonymously, so judges had no idea where they had come from.
After performances from Kiernan Angley, Hunter Reece and Andy Cruz, each restaurant held wing-eating contests. The fastest contestants to finish six wings were crowned winner.
Crazy Jackâ€™s Wing Champion and political science major Joe Biggio said he has experience with wing-eating competitions.
â€œI had to be ready for anything, but when I saw Crazy Jackâ€™s and their whole chicken wings, I knew it was going to be tough.â€
Hooters Champion Michael Cruz had his own technique for devouring the wings: â€œDonâ€™t chew, get the meat off the bone and keep going.â€
Both Cruz and Biggio struggled with the heat from their wings. Each perspired and grasped for anything close to water soon after they finished.
In the end, War of the Wings delivered, Kappa Delta members said.
â€œWe were a little nervous since we had to cancel last week,â€ said Kappa Delta sophomore Jamie Perkins. â€œBut all the restaurants and event sponsors pulled through and it came together nicely.â€
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