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Competitors needed for cook-off, calling contest and 5K run
With less than two months away, the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce is looking for competitors for the seventh annual Seagull Wings Cook-off, on May 24, at the Waterfront Marina Park as part of the 26th annual Seagull Calling Festival.
Both events are held in conjunction with Kitsap Harbor Festival on May 24 and 25 in Bremerton and Port Orchard, according to Christine Daniel, the Chamber's executive director.
Last year, the Seagull Calling Festival was held on a Sunday, but this year is being moved to a Saturday to accommodate the first-ever Seagull Splat 5K Run hosted by Fathoms o’ Fun.
“We collaborated with both Fathoms and the Harbor Festival, and the various events happening on both sides of the water,” said Daniel. “Saturday works better with the Seagull Splat Run and the morning calling is due to the tides.”
A record 15 contestants — 11 in the commercial division and four in the amateur division — competed in last year’s wings cook-off contest.
Daniel said the cook-off features hundreds of “seagull” wings created, grilled and served up by both amateur and commercial contestants hoping to win bragging rights for their wing recipes.
Judges will sample, deliberate and announce “Whose Wings Reign Supreme!” for first, second and third place in two categories — amateurs (home cooks and grillers) and commercial (restaurants, caterers and other commercial kitchens).
Daniel said the judging competition will start at 11 a.m. and the sale of the wings to the public begins at noon.
“Wings will be distributed to the public for $1 (for a wing donation) and attendees can vote on the People’s Choice,” Daniel added.
Because space is limited, registration forms for amateur and commercial entries, rules and procedures are available online at www.portorchard.com or by calling the Chamber office at 360-876-3505.
Moon Dogs, Too had to settle for third place last year as Everybody's American Cookhouse Team took top honors in the commercial division with Spicy Bacon Jam Wings.
“We’re entering again this year,” said Everybody’s owner Barbara Meyers. “The whole team is putting their heads together to come up with something new and as exciting as last year’s wings.”
Meyers said she didn’t think last year’s contestants were ready for her team and entry.
“They are going to have to step it up this year,” Meyers said.
The second-place finisher was Capricco Cafe and Catering Team with Sexi-Mexi Wings, while MoonDog’s MD’s Very Fine Chinese Wings finished third.
Last year, Steve Sego and Team Sego Seagulls won the amateur division for the third straight year with Pinoy Wings Adobo. Pig's Revenge/South Kitsap Rotary placed second with their chicken and waffle creation, while Chuck's Voodoo Wings earned Chuck's Garage Team a third place award.
There was a tie for the People's Choice Award between Wig Wam Pub's Wingy Wings and Team Sego Seagulls' Pinoy Wings Adobo.
Seagull Calling Contest
Before the cook-off judging, contestants young and old — as individuals or in groups and some wearing costumes — will compete in the annual Seagull Calling Contest on the beach near Marina Park.
Last year the contest was held in the early afternoon. But this year it has been moved to the morning hour.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the contest is set to start at 10 a.m. Contests will take turns on the beach ‘calling the seagulls’ to win awards by mimicking the seagull’s call and beckoning the birds with tortillas, French fries, or bread. Awards are presented for the Best Seagull Call, Most Seagulls Landed, Best Costume, and other awards.
There is no cost to participate in the contest.
Other activities in Port Orchard during the Kitsap Harbor Festival include the Fathoms o’ Fun Pirate Rendezvous, Port Orchard Farmers’ Market, Seagull Splat 5K Run, live music by local band Highway 3 and the U.S. Navy Band, Port Orchard Bay Street Association’s beer garden and a vendor fair on Saturday and Sunday.
Seagull Splat 5K Run
For the first time, Fathoms o’Fun will host the Seagull Splat 5K Run is set for 12:30 p.m. — starting at the West Bay Shopping Center on Bay Street and finishing at the Marina Park waterfront.
Cost is $30 which includes a t-shirt, $25 with no shirt and $20 for extra shirt. Cost for veterans and military personnel are $25 with t-shirt and $20 without shirt. Individuals are encouraged to pre-register by May 16 to guarantee a t-shirt. Cost on race day is $30 without t-shirt.
A children’s race — for ages 3-9 — is set for 1:30 p.m. Children’s participants will receive a toy rather than t-shirt and there is a $5 entry fee.
Persons can register online at www.fathomsofun.org.
Awards will be presented at 1:15 p.m. for the first place overall in the male and female division, along with ribbons for the first three places in each gender and age division.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit VFW Post 2669 to help military and veteran families in the area.