Annual United Way cookoff heats up

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The annual Mercer County United Way Wing Cook Off has become a tradition in Sharon as an important fundraiser for the agency and the chance for local restaurants to earn new customers with delicious wings and sauces.

“What better way to try out a new sauce, creative sauce or traditional sauce, than to have 300 or 400 people here to taste it,” said Jim Micsky, executive director for the Mercer County United Way.

Quaker Steak and Lube hosts the United Way Wing Cook Off in Mercer County each year. But the reigning Wing King for the last five years has been Our Gang’s Lounge, where WKBN/WYFX  anchor Teresa Weakley was a guest server on Thursday night.

This year, Our Gang’s worked with Adrienne’s Army, supporting Adrienne Toth, who recently beat breast cancer that she was treated for while pregnant. Now she is virtually cancer free, sharing her family’s special wing sauces.

Our Gang’s owner, Geno Rossi, feels good about their chances to bring home another win.

“It’s looking good. We’ve had the longest lines all night,” said Rossi.

Rossi puts his money on their specialty wings known as “the Jillsies,” featuring a blue cheese sauce.

“We’re gonna try the Jillsies, those are really good,” said Rossi.

The flavor won for Most Creative Wings, and Our Gang’s took home the title of Wing King for the sixth year in a row.


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