You might want to skip lunch or dinner before you head over to Midwest Wingfest in Fairview Heights, Illinois, a suburb east of St. Louis. And while the wings are the big draw, there's also a plenty of other food, entertainment, and fun. Wingfest is not just about having fun: Its purpose is to raise money for Climb for PTSD, a local nonprofit that serves veterans and first responders.
Dates and Location
Midwest Wingfest happens each year over Labor Day weekend.
Midwest Wingfest sets up on the parking lot near Dillard's at St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights. The mall is about 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis near the intersection of Interstate 64 and Illinois Route 159.
Friday night is all about music, with Dustin Clark and the Stone Mountain Railroad opening for the main act, Dylan Scott. Scott is a country music singer/songwriter who hails from Bastrop, Louisiana. The guitar and piano are his instruments of choice, along with his voice. His first full-length album was released in August 2016, and it made the Top Country Albums chart at No. 5 in its first week. On Saturday night, if you can stand up after all that wing-eating, you can groove to the sounds of two local bands: Steel Creek and its country rock and blues sound and the Well Hungarians, who'll bring you their style of country and rock.
Midwest Wingfest has dozens of varieties of chicken wings for everyone to try.
You'll find hot wings, barbecued wings, and sweet wings, among many other choices to sample. But if you don't mind getting a little messy, you can try your luck at the chicken wing-eating contest on Saturday afternoon. There are two categories for entries: teens and adults.The person in each category who eats all of their wings first is the winner.
Check the website to find out how to enter.
Chicken 5K Run
If you want to work off some of those calories from consuming large quantities of chicken wings, you can sign up for the Chicken 5K Run. It starts on Saturday at 7 a.m. Registration begins at 6 a.m. or you can register online, and there's a fee to join the run.
More Than Wings
Chicken wings might be the star attraction, but you'll find other food at Midwest Wingfest, like pulled pork and chili dogs, plus plenty of cold beer to wash it all down. In addition to the food, there's music, games, and a kids' play area with swings and slides.