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Good vibrations at 'WingFest 2006'

By Erin O'Connor

Staff Writer

AGAWAM - Last Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. the parking lot of EB's Restaurant on Walnut Street Extension transformed into a summer festival.

The musical sounds of Guitar Dudes filled the air with their covers of songs ranging from Johnny Cash to the Grateful Dead.

Large tents encompassed picnic tables and were occupied by those who payed a $10 fee and participated in an all-u-can-eat-wing-buffet that contained wings that ranged in flavor from mild, to TNT (very hot) to 24 Karat Gold wings (sweet and tangy flavor).

It was a party for EB's celebrating their existence of 20 years and paying benefit to a local charity.

EB's annually holds a charity event for the Daniel A. Larson Foundation. A nonprofit organization established in 1995 to provide emotional support and when needed financial assistance to the survivors of homicide victims.

Children in attendance had their faces painted for free thanks to the volunteer service of Kimberly Hatch. Bugs Bunny also made it a point to stop by and say, "hi" and dance with the children.

The evening transformed into competitions with $25 pledge fees in that contestants could compete for championships in the wing eating contests-one contest for medium spiced wings and one contest for very hot TNT spiced wings.

The winners of each contest would be the one who could eat the most wings in five minutes. The prizes consisted of tickets to a Boston Red Sox game, golfing and other choices.