The Union Area Chamber of Commerce and city of Union are gearing up for the city’s first Wingfest, set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7, in the parking lot at city hall.

Hours will be 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The event will feature food, beverages, music, kids activities, a cooking contest, an eating contest, tournaments, beer tent and a 5K run/walk.

“This will be a great event for the whole community as there will be something for everyone,” said Melissa Vogt, Chamber director.

The Steve Leslie Band will take the stage Friday night, from 7 to 11 p.m. 

Vogt said Saturday will be packed with family-friendly activities, including oversized outdoor games, barrel rides, a balloon twister and costumed characters.

Top 40 country cover band Whiskey Dixon will perform on the main stage Saturday night. The group has opened for national acts, including Mark Wills, Daryl Worley, Joe Diffie and Dierks Bentely.

Admission to the Wingfest will be free, but certain activities will have a fee, such as the 5K, cooking contest, washer and bags tournaments, food and beverages.

No outside food or drinks will be allowed at the event, Vogt noted.


The event schedule is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 6 — Doors open at 6 p.m. and Steve Leslie Band will perform from 7 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7 — Union Wingfest 5K Fun Run to benefit Union Booster Club, 11 a.m.;

Food vendors open at noon and will include Big Boy’s Pub and Subs, T’s Liquor Lane, Chillbilly’s and Wingnut Food Truck, Hagie’s 19, and Rotary Club of Union;

Kids activities sponsored by Scenic Regional Library are from noon to 5 p.m.

Activities include a bounce house, oversized outdoor games, balloon twister, glitter tattoos, character meet and greet. 

A bags/cornhole contest will be from 3 to 5 p.m.

Check-in for the Union Wingfest Cook-Off, sponsored by Victorian Place of Union and Willow Brooke, is at 10:45 a.m. Judging will  be at 5 p.m. 

A wing-eating contest will immediately follow the cook-off judging. 

Whiskey Dixon, sponsored by United Bank of Union, will perform from 8 to 11 p.m.