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Wing prices won't go up at Buffalo Wing Festival

Restaurants and bars might be hiking their prices for an order of chicken wings, but that won't happen at next month's annual celebration of the wing.

Drew Cerza, organizer of the National Buffalo Wing Festival, said he has no plans to charge more than the $1 per wing price that festival-goers have been paying.

"We've been at a dollar a wing for several years now, and that includes tax, so that's 92 cents a wing," he said. "We're holding our pricing."

Cerza, who is known as the "Wing King," has been working on the festival's 16th edition, which is set for Sept. 2 and 3 at Coca-Cola Field. He said he has never seen chicken wing restaurant owners so worried about wing costs.

One Wisconsin owner and festival regular told him he will "look at more boneless wings, try to sell other things besides wings," he said. "There's only so much you can do." Owners are afraid to raise their prices, because it could drive away business from budget-sensitive customers.

"Chicken wings used to be thrown away, as we know. Now you have the big chains, the Buffalo Wild Wings, Wingstop and Domino's of the world doing so much volume, they're eating up a lot of the inventory."

email: agalarneau@buffnews.com

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