LAKE PLACID - Who has the best local chicken wings? You can help declare the winner of Wing Wars VI, a friendly competition among area restaurants that will raise funds for North Country Life Flight.
As of press time, eight eateries plan to participate, each bringing 500 of their best wings to Wiseguys in Lake Placid on Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. For $12 admission at the door at Wiseguys, you can eat wings for as long as they last. All of the door proceeds will be donated to North Country Life Flight, the region's air medical rescue team. Raffles and silent auction items will also be part of the festivities, with all funds benefitting Life Flight. The first 100 attendees will receive free Wing Wars T-shirts.
Participating eateries in Wing Wars VI include the following: defending 2012 champion Dancing Bears Restaurant at High Peaks Resort; 2008, 2009 and 2011 Wing Wars champ Wiseguys; 2010 Wing Wars champ Kanu Restaurant at Whiteface Lodge; Price Chopper; The Cottage Cafe; Generations Restaurant; Delta Blue; and Redneck Bistro.
New this year, the Wing Wars champion will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges in blind tastings. The judges will be as follows: Jim Tolkan, actor from movies like "Back to the Future" and "Top Gun"; Craig Randall, mayor of Lake Placid; Kevin Gregg, chef and owner of Caffe Rustica Restaurant; and Zack Morse, radio personality from Philadelphia. The crowd will also receive ballots to vote for their favorite wing.
"Everyone enjoys eating, voting and helping to save lives by supporting North Country Life Flight," said Jim Williams, vice president and sales manager of WSLP-FM 93.3, the event's sponsor.
The North Country Life Flight Air Medical Rescue Team is a 501(c)3 nonprofit medevac service serving northern New York. Established in 1989, this year marks 24 years of continuous service. Tax-deductible donations for North Country Life Flight's air rescue mission can be mailed to P.O. Box 994, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. For more information, call North Country Life Flight at 518-891-6853.