Wingstock - a new event that celebrates all things poultry - will take over Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Cindy Leiphart, development director for Crispus Attucks Association, said proceeds will help support the organization's programs, which include childcare, employment training and a senior center. She estimated that more than 2,000 people use the nonprofit's services each year.
"Our mission is to serve the York community in whatever way we can," Leiphart said. "We say we serve from cradle to the grave."
In October 2010, the York County Industrial Development Authority and the York Revolution granted local nonprofits funding and access to the stadium for events. Crispus Attucks planned its event around the popularity of chicken wings in the region.
It took Wingstock organizers a few years to plan logistics, Leiphart said. But the first event will kick off Saturday with the hope of becoming one of the area's signature annual events. Fourth of July weekend was one of the only times available this year, but Leiphart said they might plan the event on a non-holiday weekend in the future.
Organizers searched for wing-themed festivities across America while creating Wingstock. The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival, which has grown into a three-day event that attracts about 15,000 people, became their model. And eggs became co-stars of festivities in York.
Sauder's Eggs, a Wingstock sponsor, makes Buffalo Hot Eggs, which are pickled in hot sauce. They'll be available for purchase Saturday and will be served up to participants of an egg-eating contest. The person who eats the most in 60 seconds will win $500.
Arlene LaPore of Susquehanna Bank, another Wingstock sponsor, was in charge of recruiting folks for egg roulette.
The contest gives participants four eggs - three hardboiled and one raw - to smash against their heads.
"All these people are really fun people," LePore said. "You have to be a really good sport to do this."
But wings, of course, are the main attraction at Wingstock. Leiphart said that the event, which is hoping to attract more than 1,000, could require 16,000 wings. Attendees receive a few with each ticket purchase and can enter a wing-eating competition for the chance to win $100.
Chicken bowling will also be set up throughout the day. Suburban Bowlerama provided 25 pins that Wingstock organizers and volunteers decorated to look like chickens. The pins were placed in local spots, including Susquehanna Bank branches, to drum up interest for the event.
"We have chickens in our branches," LePore said with a laugh. "They are sitting on the teller line. People ask about it all the time."
The plan, she added, is to bandage the chicken pins after a day of bowling and post photos again. And in 2014, LePore said she hopes they can be used to promote Wingstock's second year.
- ERIN McCRACKEN,
If you go
Wingstock will be held Saturday at Sovereign Bank Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York. Tickets, which include admission to the York Revolution game that night as well as 4 to 6 wings, cost $15 for adults and $12 for children 11 and younger. Wingstock-only tickets, which include 4 to 6 wings, cost $10 for adults and $7 for children 11 and younger. Admission includes a vote for the best wings. Proceeds benefit the Crispus Attucks Association. For details, tickets and contest rules and entry forms, visit wingstockyork.org.
Here is the event lineup:
Comedian Earl David Reed will emcee the event.
1 p.m. - Gates open
1:30 p.m. - Stingrays perform on music stage
1:30 p.m. - Egg Roulette
2:45 p.m. - Best Wing Competition with celebrity judges
3:30 p.m. - Buffalo Hot Egg Eating Competition
4 p.m. - Little Nugget Talent Contest (visitors can vote for People's Choice in the kids' competition)
4 p.m. - Time Out performs on music stage
5:15 p.m. - Wing Eating Competition
Also on Saturday: Ag & Farm Night
Learn about local agriculture and farming Saturday at Sovereign Bank Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York. The York Revolution take on the Lancaster Barnstormers at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the night, fans can enjoy farm-themed entertainment, contests and educational displays. There will be a post-game fireworks display. Tickets cost $8 to $14. For details and tickets, call 717-801-HITS or visit www.yorkrevolution.com.