Wilmington authorities called in to break up fights at Wing Fling

Posted by Claire Hosmann - email
Updated by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Thousands of people packed Hugh McRae Park Saturday afternoon for the 13th annual Wing Fling.

Wing Fling is a community event where attendees sample wings from local area restaurants and listen to live music, but this year tempers got heated.

New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies and Wilmington Police officers were called out to the park to help security handle the crowd.

The 911 center received more than 30 calls regarding the altercations, and the sheriff's office said two people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Though no charges were filed for the fights, 74 citations were written for improperly parked vehicles in the areas around Hugh MacRae Park.

On The Border, Elijah's and Texas Roadhouse were some of the eateries that brought wings for the crowd.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to general scholarships for UNCW students.

"I just think it's terrific to give someone an opportunity who wouldn't ordinarily have an opportunity," said Brittany Barr, a UNCW senior. "Jobs right now are so hard to find and without a college education, it's getting tough out there."

Event organizers are estimating that the Wing Fling will raise $60,000.

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