Kin Club to host inaugural Great KINadian Wing Fling

August 24, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Mike Pickford

The Kin Club of Orangeville is hoping to put down a marker this weekend when it hosts the inaugural Great KINadian Wing Fling in town.

The event, to be held at Alexandra Park behind Orangeville Town Hall, is free to attend. Local Kinsman Geoff Del Grande told the Citizen there will be eight chicken wing vendors on hand over the course of the day, while there will be different forms of entertainment for both adults and children throughout the five-hour wing extravaganza.

“This is really exciting for us, being a first-time event. We’ve been looking to launch a new community event for a while now, and so when we started thinking about what we could do, putting on a chicken wing festival seemed like a good option,” Mr. Del Grande said. “There’s a Ribfest in Orangeville, which is incredibly popular. Hopefully we can tap into that market and make the Great KINadian Wing Fling a giant success.”

The event will run from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 25). Local eateries such as Mill Creek Pub, Fionn McCools, Stompin’ Grounds, Bar on Broadway, Shoeless Joes, The Mad Hatter, St. Louis Bar & Grill and Barley Vine Rail Co. will be on hand to compete for the title of ‘KINg of the Wings’. Each vendor has committed to bringing at least two flavours to Wing Fling, while side dishes will also be available for purchase. Tickets to try the wings will be on sale for $2.

With a real focus being placed on ensuring Wing Fling is an event the whole family can enjoy, organizers will be putting together a kids’ zone, which will feature face painting, bouncy castles and a “cool” painting exercise.

“We’re going to bring in a school bus, mark it off in little squares and let kids show off their creative side and paint their little spot in any way they like,” Mr. Del Grande said. “We’re trying to make this event as family-oriented as we can.”

There will be lots for adults to do, too. As well as offering up a mountain of wings, the Kin Club is setting up a beer garden, with Caledon Hills Brewing Company coming in to serve up alcohol throughout the day. There will also be an open mic session for those who wish to showcase their musical talents.

All proceeds from the Great KINadian Wing Fling will go towards supporting various initiatives in town. The Kin Club has long been the host of the community’s Santa Claus Parade, while the organization annually provides supports, sponsorships and bursaries to local schools and students.

“All different charities and groups submit requests for funding over the course of the year and we help them out as and when we can,” Mr. Del Grande said. “Proceeds raised through this event will allow us to continue giving back to our community.”

With this being the community’s inaugural Wing Fling, Mr. Del Grande said the Kin Club was going “all out”, ensuring this will be one local celebration you won’t want to miss.

“People should come out because it’s a good cause, but on top of that it’s going to be a good time,” Mr. Del Grande said. “Orangeville is a vibrant community and always has things going on. In the past couple of years we’ve lost some of our events, so it’s nice to be able to launch something new.”

He concluded, “Orangeville is a very supportive community. Come on out and support this event, because it’s something we’re hoping to be able to put on every year.”

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