On Saturday, the third annual Wingfest at Sharky’s in Edgartown served more than 4,500 wings and raised about $8,500 for the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club, a record-breaking number for both organizations.
The Edgartown Fire Department won the title of Best Wings by three votes, and since they’ve won this competition for the third time in a row, they are retired to Wingfest Hall of Fame. Next year, Edgartown Firemen’s Association can still compete, but they are only eligible for the best booth prize.
In this stiff contest for best wings, the Edgartown Police Department was the first runner-up.
Oak Bluffs EMS won the best booth competition by a small margin as well. The first runner-up was the Up-Island Police Department, whose booth was made out of a paddy wagon with a wanted sign with a picture of Edgartown Police Chief Tony Bettencourt.
The Committee’s Choice award went to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Cape Cod and the Islands. Drew Day, chef at Park Corner Bistro in Oak Bluffs, prepared the sauce for the BBBS booth.
Steven Jordan showed off his spicy wings for the MV Rod and Gun Club booth. He mixed peppers grown in his garden with Habanero peppers, making the sauce just as spicy as his chili.
Diana Lozano beat all three of her male competitors and won the wing-eating challenge by finishing one pound of sauceless, boneless wings first.
Sharky’s owner JB Blau said, “Boys and Girls Club won. The people won. Sharky’s won. But the chickens really lost.”