Forest, VA- Folks got their fill of wings Thursday night at the Third Annual Wing Fling in Forest. It raises money for The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber's Leadership Lynchburg Scholarship.
Organizers say this was another successful year. The Chamber sold out of all 600 tickets they were offering for the event. A huge crowd packed the lawn at Benjamin's Restaurant to listen to music, have a drink, and of course, eat some wings.
"A variety of wings, some great beer, obviously great music to listen to from dragonfly," said Mike Lewis, Director of Sales at Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
But it's not all play. Lewis says there's a little bit of work too. Wing Fling is a great place for networking.
"They'll say to each other, hey, what do you do? What does that company do? Give me your card. So a lot of business takes place somewhat unintentionally, but because you were here you have the opportunity to make that contact," said Lewis.
But as the sun set, the main event started--The Nuclear Hot Wing eating contest. The wings were so hot, competitors had to wear plastic gloves while they ate. And milk was only an arm's reach away.
Wing eating champion Josh Read did the competition for his fiancée. He says he's never done competitive eating before, but he has four brothers, so he's used to racing to clean a plate. He's eaten a lot of spicy food before too, but he says these wings...
"They were pretty hot. They were pretty hot," said Read.
"After about the fourth or fifth one it was just heat. It just kept building, the heat just kept building. It was on lips my nose and everything. My entire face is on fire. My cheeks, my lips, my nose, my nostrils," he said.
But it looks like Read can take the heat after all. Because when asked if he'll compete again next year he said...
"I'll keep coming back. I counted how many wings I ate this year."
And just how many Nuclear Wings did Read eat? Nine. Nine is the number to beat next year. But wing eating contest aside, it was a very successful event for the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce.