2017 Wingfest

The Union Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Union’s inaugural Wingfest “could not have gone better.” That’s according to Melissa Vogt, Chamber director.

The event featured food and beverages, music, children’s activities, a cooking contest, an eating contest, tournaments, beer tent and a 5K run/walk Oct. 6-7.

Vogt estimated that over the two days, the event drew about 1,200 visitors to the area in front of the city auditorium.

“We had great attendance, great weather minus an hour and a half of rain, and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves and have a lot of fun,” she said.

A brief thunderstorm Saturday afternoon moved children’s games and the washers tournament inside Saturday, but everything else went on as planned, Vogt said.

“Even during the rain, many people were sitting under the tents waiting for the rain to roll out,” she said. “After that we had beautiful weather and the crowds started pouring in.”

Vogt said vendors at the event seemed pleased and had lines throughout both days.

“They’re excited to see it come back next year,” she said.

Mayor Mike Livengood said he was impressed with the event and glad to see so many volunteers and businesses take part.

“The first annual Wingfest was received very well,” Livengood said. “There was a good turnout and a lot of businesses in town participated.”

He thanked sponsors and organizers, as well as those who attended and helped make the event a success.


Winners of the wing cooking contest were T’s Liquor Lane, first place; Big Boy’s Pub and Subs, second place; and Don’t Give a Cluck, third place.

Additionally, there were 24 participants in the wing-eating contest.

Winners were David Painter, Union, and James Higgins, Rolla, who tied for first place, and Scott Neaveill, Union, second place.