Western Dubuque High School’s Fine Arts Booster Club will be holding its sixth annual Wingfest Saturday, Sept. 14 at Farley Park, starting at 11 a.m.
The Fine Arts Booster Club was started to help finance the choirs, dance team and band at Western Dubuque. These groups have many different needs that cost a fair amount of money.
“The idea originally came from Assistant Principal Jake Feldman,” Cris Tipple, choir instructor and co-head of Wingfest said. “The Fine Arts Booster Club was new and we needed to have a fundraiser to support it.”
Last year Wingfest raised between $35,000 and $40,000 and served 10,000 chicken wings. Tipple expects more money to be raised this year as they will have 13 competitors serving 15,000 wings.
This is the largest number of vendors competing at Wingfest. The competitor’s wings are graded on taste and their booth’s appearance. Tickets are sold for $1 with each wing costing one ticket.
The proceeds from last year’s Wingfest went toward a projector to create scenery, instruments for the band, uniforms for the dance team and end risers and staircases for the show choir. There is a needs list created every year for the money.
Different events will be going on throughout the day, including a wing eating contest, a dunk tank with teachers, bingo, a children’s pedal pull, beer tent, live music and televisions to watch the University of Iowa versus Iowa State University football game. A kickball tournament will also be taking place, a new addition this year.
“There is something for everyone,” Tipple said. “This is a great community event.”
A Pirate Over 50, Mark Zalaznik and Josh Digman, the Teacher Band, 5 to Life and the Western Dubuque dance team and band will entertain throughout the day.
There are 100 volunteers, mostly parents with students involved with the fine arts. Tipple and Feldman head the operation.
“This is the one and only fundraising effort for the Fine Arts Booster Club, so we hope for a big crowd again this year,” Tipple said.
The Kidsfest will get the day started at 10:30 a.m. with everything else starting at 11. The event runs until 6 p.m.