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Wingapalooza Returns for Fifth Year on July 20

SMG Wichita and INTRUST Bank Arena are pleased to announce the fifth annual Wingapalooza scheduled for Saturday, July 20 at INTRUST Bank Arena. The one-of-a-kind event will again feature Wichita-area restaurants and chefs showcasing their best wings.

Wingapalooza will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the main arena floor and will include all-you-can-eat wings, a beer garden featuring a variety of options and entertainment and music from a live DJ. Fans will have the opportunity to sample unique chicken wing recipes from more than 20 restaurants and local chefs who will be showcasing their culinary flare and craft and competing for the best chicken wings in Wichita. Participating restaurants and chefs will vie for two awards at the event: a People’s Choice Award, or “Lord of the Wings,” and a Judge’s Choice Award. 2018 Wingapalooza winners included Stroud’s Restaurant & Bar, Chisholm’s American Beef & Ale House and SAVOR… Wichita in the Lord of the Wings category, and Rib Crib, Stroud’s Restaurant & Bar and Slim Chickens in the Judge’s Choice category.

“We’re looking forward to continuing this very well-received community event for the fifth year in a row.” said AJ Boleski, SMG General Manager of INTRUST Bank Arena. “Not only has the community embraced Wingapalooza, our staff has an absolute blast planning and preparing for this event. It’s been exciting to continue to find ways to grow this event each year with new experiences for our guests, such as the enhanced VIP experience we’re rolling out in 2019.”

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $40 in advance and include early-entry into the arena by 15 minutes, one drink ticket and new this year, access to a VIP area with a full cash bar. Tickets to Wingapalooza are limited; guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets go on sale, Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online at, in person at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena or by calling 855-755-SEAT (7328). For more information on Wingapalooza, fans can visit

Participating restaurants already on board to compete at Wingapalooza include Pizza Hut, Chick-N-Max and SAVOR… Wichita. Space is available for local restaurants and chefs who are interested in competing at Wingapalooza. For more information on competing, please contact Mattie Sharp at or 316-440-9021. Event sponsors include Alt 107.3 as the radio sponsor and KAKE as the TV sponsor. Additional sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Kat Lyon at or 316-440-9027.


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