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'The Bachelorette' and her date enjoying wings, visiting sites around WNY

Becca Kufrin. (ABC/Paul Hebert)

Inquiring minds want know: What can you tell me about the filming of ABC's "The Bachelorette" here? Not too much without ruining the fun for viewers when the romantic reality show starts running, reportedly May 28.

Becca Kufrin, who became next season's "The Bachelorette" after she first was proposed to and then ditched for another woman by Arie Luyendyk Jr. in last season's controversial edition of "The Bachelor," is here shooting an episode involving a hometown date with Western New native Jason Tartick. He is now a corporate banker in Seattle but chose to shoot the hometown episode here even though his parents have moved to North Carolina.

The popular ABC reality series has hometown dates when "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" is close to picking someone to be their spouse, so Tartick is likely in the final four.

I do know that Becca and Jason were involved in a chicken wing eating contest moderated by Wing King Drew Cerza at the Anchor Bar on Wednesday afternoon. This being Buffalo, where secrets are hard to keep, my spies have seen the show shooting at Hoyt Lake and the Japanese garden near the History Museum, and at HarborCenter, where Becca and Jason presumably skated.  They are expected to be at Niagara Falls today.

Sara Muffoletto of Williamsville said she saw the couple and the film crew near Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Muffoletto, a self-described "obsessed" fan of the show, works in sales and was in between calls catching up on email at the park, where she saw "a ton of camera people." She estimated she saw crews shooting the couple for about a minute.

"It's really exciting," she said. "I wish the weather would have been nicer."

From what she observed of Kufrin and Tartick, even when the cameras weren't rolling, "she seems like she really likes him," Muffoletto said. She tweeted some video:

The unseasonable weather might not make the Chamber of Commerce happy, but it may believe any publicity is good publicity.


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