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July 3, 2014, 2:21 p.m.
Chicken Wing Eating Championships

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National Buffalo Wing Festival

The National Buffalo Wing Festival is held in the city where the now-famous spicy chicken wings were invented: Buffalo, New York. The U.S. Chicken Wing Eating Championships and the wing festival take place over Labor Day weekend, and there are a number of other contests on the docket as well, including a college wing eating contest, an amateurs-only event and a special event in which standard Buffalo wings are replaced by “ridiculously hot” wings.

Other wing-related events are also held, including cook-offs and juried sauce contests. However, the Chicken Wing Eating Championships are the highlight. The contest enjoys a high profile in the competitive eating world and is officially sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.