Buffalo Wing Fest eating contest, final day

National chicken wing eating championship

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Attendees enjoyed a variety of events during the final day of Buffalo's wing fest, and brought the total number of attendees for the weekend up to 70,000. 

The annual wing eating contest in particular drew large crowds.  

Professional eaters from far and wide competed this year. Joey Chestnut, the number one ranked eater in the world, walked away with his third straight victory. 

In just 12 minutes, Chestnut downed a remarkable 188 wings.

He also remarked Buffalo is one of his favorite places to compete after being crowned champion for the third time in the Queen City. 

The festival's 5K, a new event, was also successful, said organizer Drew Cerza. He added he believes events like it give the event a renewed energy. 

The event also drew guests from 50 states and 40 countries, including Antarctica, 'Wing King' Cerza said. 

"The people around here, the vibe was great," Cerza said of the event. "The vibe was typical of downtown Buffalo and the new energy we have there. And everybody's walking around smiling and they had a good time. And to me, it's not the quantity, it's the quality."

 


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