By Loretta Gillespie
The Cullman Times
What: Cluck-n-Brew wingfest event
When: 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Depot Park
Cost: Admission is $5 at the gate and tickets will be sold for wings, food and beer. (Kids enter free)
Waid Harbison has admitted to stealing something, but you won’t see his name on any arrest records. He freely admits to stealing an idea from an organization in Hilton Head, N.C. The idea? Cluck-n-Brew.
“I’m really excited about it,” laughed Harbison. “We begin Cullman’s first ever Cluck-n-Brew event from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, immediately following the fair parade.”
The event is sponsored by Cullman Savings Bank. Cost of admission is only $5 for adults at the gate — kids are admitted free of charge. Proceeds from the event will go toward a playground for local children. “Tickets will be sold for wings, food and beer,” Harbison explained. “Folks are encouraged to buy as many wings as they can eat.”
“This will be fun for all ages,” explained Harbison. “We always want people to come into town, visit the Wellness & Aquatic Center, and have a great time, but this is extra special.”
According to Harbison, there will be some great live music, mouth-watering food, plenty of cold drinks, beer, a Game Day Zone tent with live SEC football games, and a Kidzone. “The Kidzone will have games, inflatables and a video-game truck, as well as vendors,” he pointed out.
Harbison says that the spot in midtown at Depot Park is centrally located and there is room for everyone to spread out without being crowded.
The big event that Harbison stole from Hilton Head will be centered around a wing cookoff. The competition will be opened to professionals, organizations and individuals. Unlike the barbecue cookoff, these wings will be for sale, and you can buy as many as you can possibly eat for fifty cents each. The purchase of wings will benefit local businesses, as well as the community playground project.
The cookoff competitors have no entry fee, but will still be required to have a county health department license.
“There is a grand prize of $500 for the winner, along with bragging rights to the ‘Best Wings in Town’,” said Harbison, enthusiastically. “The winner will be announced just after the 8 p.m. deadline. “The second place winner will also get a cash prize of $250, and there will be an incentive prize for the best decorated booth.”
The Parks & Recreation Foundation will use proceeds from ticket sales on the community playground project. “All the money raised at our first Cluck-n-Brew will be reinvested into our community,” said Harbison. “Although we have some beautiful parks, we are lacking in playgrounds in Cullman. We will use the proceeds from this event to build a fenced-in playground with padded surfaces for safety. It will be tied in with Ingle Park, and of course they will be handicapped accessible, have picnic tables and will accommodate a wide range of people.”
The playground design will also incorporate beautiful new landscaping into the functional aspect of the area.
For more information, contact the McGukin Civic Center in Cullman at 256-734-9157, or visit clucknbrew.com or http://www.cullmanrecreation.org/.