7TH ANNUAL 'WING DANG DOODLE FESTIVAL' BRINGS
DELTA BLUES, CHICKEN WINGS AND MORE TO GADDIS PARK
IN FOREST, MISSISSIPPI August 13, 2010 (Forest,
It may be over a month away, but organizers
of the Wing Dang Doodle Festival are plenty busy.
After all, Forest, Mississippi's biggest event of
the year boasts an impressive line-up of blues music,
chicken wings and plenty of outdoor fun.
Scheduled for September 25, 2010, this year's 7th anniversary
edition of the popular event -- held in Gaddis Park --
promises to be the biggest so far. It is a joint production
of the Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of
"There have been a lot of
phone calls and interest, and we are expecting our
best crowds yet," said Tre Chambers, Chamber of Commerce
president. "We are planning to host chicken wing cooking
teams from all over the state, and this year's musical
entertainment is truly world-class. Folks should plan
for a beautiful day of food, music and more."
fans will enjoy Mississippi blues from two award-winning
acts -- Homemade Jamz Blues Band of Tupelo and Eden
Brent of Greenville. Both have been called the future
of the Magnolia State's legendary brand of blues,
and both are quite popular on the national and international
music festival circuit.
"It's not unusual for Homemade
Jamz to spend a week in Norway or for Eden Brent to
travel to Canada and beyond," according to Roger Stolle,
a blues promoter in Clarksdale, Mississippi. "We are
fortunate to have a younger crop of blues artists
in Mississippi who are able to get out there and promote
our state's rich musical heritage. It's fantastic
that the Wing Dang Doodle Festival recognizes such
talent and has both acts coming to perform."
popular aspect of the Wing Dang Doodle Festival involves
"It's 'in the name,' so our attendees
and participants always look forward to having some
fun with chicken wings," explained Chamber of Commerce
executive director Mandi Arinder. "We host many talented
cooking teams that sometimes dress up for the part.
We also have some local 'eating experts' who engage
in a chicken wing eating competition. It's a blast.
Lots of fun.."
And the cooking contest can be profitable.
The top prize for the best chicken wing is $1,000.
In addition to good blues music and tasty chicken
wings, the Wing Dang Doodle Festival promises a delicious
selection of other activities with broad appeal.
have something for everyone -- a 5K Run, a Fun Run,
a Motorcycle Run, kids' stuff and more," said Arinder.
"Our festival has been identified as one of the Southeast
Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for September 2010.
We think that says a lot. One of the great things
about our event is that it has both a local and a
Currently, the Wing Dang Doodle
Festival is still accepting applications from both
cooking teams and potential vendors. Interested parties
should contact the Chamber of Commerce immediately
at 601-469-4332 to secure their spot at this year's
The event is held at Gaddis Park -- an updated
facility that includes lighted tennis courts, a tennis
pavilion, ball fields, a walking trail, a playground,
basketball courts, picnic tables, grills and an open
air pavilion. According to Chambers, it makes the
perfect location for a growing event.
"We are blessed
to have such a unique location to hold the Wing Dang
Doodle," he said. "Between our many festival activities
and the park's own multipurpose set-up, locals and
visitors alike are sure to have a busy, fun-filled
day. Gaddis Park also allows us to continually expand
our event which really helps with planning."
Dang Doodle Festival began seven years ago as an offshoot
of the now defunct Mississippi Broiler Festival which
began in the 1950s before sliding into obscurity and
eventually being revived in the 1980s. In 2003, the
Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Forest
resurrected the event and (inspired by the foundation
of the Mississippi Blues Commission) added a blues
element to the festivities. The result is today's
successful and ever-growing Wing Dang Doodle Festival.
"We're very pleased to present such a family and tourist-friendly
event with an interesting history and strong ties
to our community," explained Arinder. "We're looking
forward to our biggest and best edition yet."
year's festival emcees will be Sid and Leilani Salter.
Both are past chamber presidents and current Mississippi
The Wing Dang Doodle Festival kicks off at 10am
on Saturday, September 25th. For more information
about the festival, go to www.forestareachamber.com
on the web, call 601-469-4332, or drop by the Forest
Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about this year's musical acts,
go to: www.edenbrent.com
Forest Chamber of Commerce
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Barnes (publicity chairperson), firstname.lastname@example.org
Tre Chambers (chamber president), email@example.com