Q: Why the change in location?
A: Great question! It was a tough decision for us to leave our ole stompin’ grounds, trust us. We had event logistics down to a science there and loved being smack dab in the middle of Cumberland. The long and short answer is: INCREASES. Increases in attendance numbers and increases in cost. At the end of the day, the Wing-Off is a fundraiser for many local non-profits and we are committed to its growth. Our new locale comes with a lot of new possibilities for expansion, and saves our bottom line thousands of dollars in facilities costs. We’re excited for you to see what we have planned!
Q: Does it cost anything to sample the wings?
A: Wings are distributed by each vendor at their own set cost. Wing costs to the consumer may vary between vendors.
Q: Can I bring a cooler or beverage carrier?
A: No, All outside coolers are prohibited on festival grounds during the event. You will not be permitted entry with any outside food or beverages.
Q: What is the policy on pets?
A: Sadly your four legged friends may not attend the event. For health and safety reasons any pets or animals will not be permitted on the festival grounds during the time of the event. Exceptions may be made for service animals.
Q: I purchased a ticket, what all is included?
A: Tickets will permit you access to the festival grounds. This includes access to all of the event festivities, entertainment, and assorted events. Hot Wing Samples, Vendor Items, Beverages, are not included with the cost of a purchased ticket, and neither are wings. Friendly reminder that this is a fundraiser… All ticket proceeds raised are going back into our community to benefit local non-profit groups. Your entry fee is going to a good cause, and believe us when we say it’s well worth the money!
Q: We’re bringing our child who is 12 years old. Does he/she need a ticket?
A: No Children 12 Years of age and under are admitted for free and do not require tickets in order to gain entry to the event. Supervising adults, however, will need to purchase a General Admission ticket.
Q: How young is too young for children?
A: There is no particular restriction or limit, but use your best parenting judgement. This will be a fairly active event complete with ongoing live entertainment that may be noisy in some areas. Children less than one (1) years of age may find such an active and noisy environment to be overwhelming or overstimulating in their still developing worldview, so if you are in any way concerned please consider calling up your favorite babysitter or dropping your youngin’ off with the parents or in-laws for a few hours while you come down and enjoy some wings. All children are the responsibility of their respective parents and guardians. DO NOT leave any child unattended while on the festival grounds.
Q: What happens in the event of inclement weather?
A: This event is rain or shine! 🙂 The Shrine Club Picnic Grounds are equipped with a LARGE pavilion to keep us all nice and dry in the event of a quick summer sprinkle.
Q: Can I bring my own chair and canopy?
A: You are permitted to bring in your own folding chair. Canopies are not permitted unless you have purchased a canopy pass from the online ticket portal. There are only 50 canopy passes available. As our festival grows, we’re limited on space.
Q: How much is soda, wings and beer?
A: We’re glad to have been able to keep prices low. Our vendors tend to break even for this event, all for the love of the chicken wing! Wings will be 3 for $2 at each booth. Beer prices range from $2.50-$4.50. There will be a limited amount of souvenir beverage cups for sale for $5. With the purchase of this cup, you’ll receive a discounted beer price for each refill. Soda sells for $1. (Yes, $1. Cheaper than the convenient store!)
Q: Where do I park?
A: The relocation of our event this year has tons of positives, including the availability of onsite parking. Parking will be available at the Shrine Club on a first come first serve basis. Additional parking will be available through the local FOP lodge, just a 5 minute walk from the picnic grounds. ADDITIONALLY, we’ve arranged THREE shuttle buses to run ALL DAY with stops at the Ramada Cumberland, and in front of the Scenic Railroad Train Station, just a quick walk to the Fairfield Inn & Suites. Lastly, Rocky Gap Casino will be adding a stop at the Wing Off to their daily route. Absolutely ZERO excuse to drink and drive, as we’ve got all your bases covered! 🙂 With all threee buses running in a constant loop, shuttle service will be available both to and from Downtown every 15 minutes. **Since parking is first come first serve on location, we will be making use of social media the day of to notify attendees when lots have reached their limit and reminding of shuttle pick up areas.
Q: What happened to the Kids Zone?
A: IT’S BACK! We’re so excited to have extra space at our new location that allows for some more family friendly space. Pack up the kids and bring them to hang out in our bounce house, cool zone, and participate in a dance party! (Remember, kids 12 and under get in for FREE!)