March 2007

Wingin' It!

Author: Craig Hysell

On March 24th, from 11a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Shelter Cove Community Park, the Island Recreation Association will proudly present Hilton Head’s largest one-day event—the 12th annual Hargray WingFest. All proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, which ensures that no child should be denied participation in recreational opportunities.

“I’ve been involved with WingFest since the beginning,” said Rec Center Special Event Director, Joe Cain, who has been “running the event” for the last five years. “It’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Cain’s exuberance is infectious. “It keeps getting bigger every year and we expect this year to be no different,” he said. “I especially want to thank our title sponsor, Hargray Communications.”

General admission is $5 per person. Chicken wing tickets are sold in blocks of 10 for $7. Participating restaurants include, but are not limited to, establishments such as Wild Wing Café, Captain Woody’s, Sticky Fingers, One Hot Mama’s and reigning champion, The Smokehouse. The Hilton Head Firemen’s Association and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office will also be tending grills and stirring sauces. Pearlstine, Budweiser and Ben Arnold Wines and Liquors will provide adult beverages.

Giuseppi’s will be tossing pizza; Kilwin’s will be serving ice cream; and hamburgers as well as hot dogs will be made available for those WingFesters who have gotten their fill of chicken. Low Country Baby will host a “Kid Zone” full of games and a Moon Bounce for WingFesters who have gotten their fill of their children—for the moment, of course. We know you love them.

Bands will be playing throughout the day, including local favorites, Zach Deputy and Trophy Wife. Centex Homes will provide a rock climbing wall and a bungee trampoline.

WingFest is all about a day of family fun and some delicious spirited competition. “We like to think we build a community,” said Cain, “and nothing brings the community together more than Hilton Head’s largest one-day event!” But why should you take Cain’s word when it comes to wings? Not only is this his twelfth year at WingFest, he was born 60 miles outside of Buffalo… in the same year the chicken wing first saw the light of day and the bottom of a tummy. Coincidence? You decide.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Island Rec Center, 20 Wilborn Rd., for those who don’t feel like “winging it” upon arrival. Enjoy yourself; let your taste buds be heard; listen to some live music and send your kids to “the moon.”

Just remember: it’s a chicken eating fest, not a chicken dancing fest; doing both at the same time may result in permanent injury (which you will probably deserve). All things in moderation means those you share space with can all have a good time.

Call Joe Cain at 681-7273 for a complete list of event sponsors, participating restaurants or other WingFest inquiries. For more information about Island Recreation Center events and programs, visit online at

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