Wing Fling fundraiser rescheduled to Aug. 17 at Wahconah Park

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PITTSFIELD -- It's the end of June and there's something missing from the Pittsfield landscape -- those goofy cartoon chicken billboard signs heralding Pittsfield Family YMCA's annual Wing Fling fundraiser.

"I consider the Wing Fling the start of summer around here," Randy Kinnas, CEO and executive director of the Pittsfield Family YMCA told The Eagle earlier this spring. The event, a large-scale battle for the bragging rights of best chicken wing -- is typically held in June.

Back in March, Kinnas told The Eagle that it would be relinquishing the 21-year-old tradition to tutelage of the organization Downtown Pittsfield Inc. At that time, Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s Executive Director Pam Tobin said the 2013 Wing Fling was tentatively scheduled for June 29, which is this Saturday.

That's not happening on Saturday, but the Wing Fling will take place in August.

Kristine Hurley, assistant to the executive director at Downtown Pittsfield Inc., told The Eagle the date's been set for Saturday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 11 p.m.

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Instead of Berkshire Community College's Paterson Field House, the 22nd annual Wing Fling has a new venue this year -- Wahconah Park.

"We're actually now starting to reach out to local restaurants. We're planning the event with the help of the Pittsfield Suns and the radio station Live 95.9," Hurley said.

The 21 and up event will include tasting and judging area restaurants' chicken wings and ribs. There will also be two local bands providing music this year, Whiskey City and Static.

Ticket prices have not yet been listed, but Hurley said 10 percent of the proceeds "will still benefit the YMCA, which founded this event to do what they do for the community."

To sponsor, volunteer or suggest additional ideas for the event, call (413) 443-6501.


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