Wild about wings

The Spring Lake Heritage Festival on Thursday focused on wings and waltzes.
Marie Havenga
Jun 14, 2013

While barbecue enthusiasts kicked up the heat at Wings on the Water at Mill Point Park, senior citizens kicked up their heels during their special night at the Holiday Inn.

Theresa Twa, director of the Evergreen Village senior community, said she was impressed with the turnout for the first-ever senior dance. More than 60 seniors swayed to the music of the River Rogues Jazz Band, featuring drummer Dr. Bill Ball of Spring Lake Township's Oak Crest Manor.

“We're already planning for next year,” Twa said.

Mike Dombrowski of Grand Haven twirled Gwen Coon of Florida to more than a dozen selections.

“It's nice when we have music like this in Spring Lake and don't have to go to Grand Rapids,” Dombroski said.

Just upstream on the banks of the Grand River, more than 3,000 attended the festival's annual chicken wing cookoff — downing close to 20,000 wings.

When the smoke cleared and the last smidgens of sauce were sucked from fingers, the People's Choice award went to the Spring Lake Country Club for their Michigan cherry wings. That offering was also the favorite of the judges — area municipal managers Chris Burns (Spring Lake), Gordon Gallagher (Spring Lake Township), Craig Bessinger (Ferrysburg) and Pat McGinnis (Grand Haven).

The judges selected Over the Top Barbecue for second place.

Second place for the People's Choice award went to Top Butcher Shop and BBQ, a restaurant scheduled to open next month in the vacant orange building at the southeast corner of Lake Avenue and Savidge Street in Spring Lake.

The Firemen of 22 Below won Best Booth.

The festival continues today with a classic car show at Spring Lake Wesleyan Church from 5-9 p.m. and the music of Sweet Justice under the beer tent at Mill Point Park from 6:30 p.m. to after midnight.

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