‘WINGAPALOOZA’ WELCOMES THOUSANDS OF WING LOVERS TO BOK CENTER

(Tulsa, Okla.) January 25, 2014 – SMG Special Events welcomed thousands of wing lovers to the inaugural Wingapalooza earlier today at the BOK Center. The event included 25 Tulsa-area restaurants serving specialty chicken wing recipes and vying for titles in several award categories. More than 80,000 wings were prepared and devoured during the one-day event. Guests also enjoyed live music by 90s cover band “My So Called Band.”

“Thank you wing lovers for coming down to the BOK Center and supporting this first-year event,” said John Bolton, SMG Regional Vice President. “The enthusiasm for this event was overwhelming. We are already looking at ways to grow Wingapalooza next year.”

Congratulations to Fat Guys Burgers, who were crowned ‘Lord of the Wings’ Overall Best Wing winner.

“Thanks to the BOK Center for putting on this great event,” said Mike Meehan, owner of Fat Guys Burgers. “We were honored to participate in the inaugural event, and hope to be in it every year. Of course next year we’ll be in the crosshairs with a target on our back since we were picked as ‘Lord of the Wings’ for 2014.”

Other wing winners include:

  •  Best BBQ Wing: Hammett House
  • Best Traditional Wing: Fat Guys Burgers
  • Best Original Wing: Wing Run Café
  • People’s Choice Award: Main Street Tavern

“SMG Special Events would like to thank all of the participating restaurants who made this event a huge success,” said Michael Owens, SMG booking manager and Wingapalooza organizer.

Participating restaurants included:

  • McNellies
  • Rusty Crane
  • Hooters
  • Full Moon Café
  • Lucky’s
  • Baxters
  • Rib Crib
  • Fat Guys Burgers
  • Main Street Tavern
  • Right Wing
  • Go West Restaurant & Saloon
  • Hammett House
  • SAVOR… by SMG
  • Andolinis Pizzeria and Food Truck
  • The Local Table and Truck
  • Plum Delicious Mobile Events
  • Baker Street Pub and Grill
  • Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar
  • Oklahoma Joes BBQ
  • Professional Sports Catering – Tulsa Drillers
  • Albert G’s
  • Knotty Pine BBQ
  • Community Foodbank of Eastern Oklahoma
  • Wing Run Cafe

Tulsa Federal Credit Union was presenting sponsor for Wingapalooza. Additional event sponsors included: FOX23, Boulevard Brewing Company and metroPCS.

“This event was absolutely incredible,” Tulsa Federal Credit Union President & CEO Greg Gallant said.  “When we agreed to serve as title sponsor, I was intrigued by the concept, but I had no idea it would be such a huge success.  We are proud to be a part of it, and we’re looking forward to next year.”

The SMG Special Events department was created shortly after the opening of the BOK Center with the goal of producing events and festivals that appeal to multiple demographics, provide high-quality yet affordable entertainment while enhancing the community spirit and revitalization taking place in downtown Tulsa. SMG Special Events produces numerous events throughout the year including: Arvest Winterfest, Rock ‘n Rib Festival, Dodgebrawl, OK! Play, Literature Live Theatre Series and High School Hoops Showcase. SMG Special Events welcomes more than 200,000 visitors to downtown Tulsa annually.