Giovanni's won best wing, best boneless and best dessert at this year's Kickin' Chicken Wing Fest at Fraze Pavillion. ALEXIS LARSEN

Local restaurants take home top prizes in Saturday’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing competition 

Thousands of people showed up at Fraze Pavilion on Saturday queuing up in long lines wrapping around the grounds all in the name of chicken. 

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A dozen local restaurants and food trucks were on hand to feed steaming hot chicken wings to hungry attendees of this year's Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest. 

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Judges sampled every wing and awarded their favorites: 

Best wing: Giovanni's 

Best boneless: Giovanni's 

Best dessert: Giovanni's 

215 W. Main St., Fairborn 

937-878-1611 or www.giovannisfairborn.com 

Thousands turned out for the Kickin' Chicken Wing Fest Saturday at the Fraze Pavillion. ALEXIS LARSEN

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Best side: Romer's Bar 

Hottest wing: Romer's Bar 

1151 Brown St., Dayton 

937-938-5806 or www.romersbar.com 

 

Best sauce: Archer’s Tavern

2030 East Dorothy Lane, Kettering and 9496 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, Centerville

937-291-1015 (Kettering) | 937-401-1015 (Centerville) or www.archerstavern.com

Best decorated booth: Pies and Pints 

52 Plum St., Beavercreek 

937-429-7437 or https://piesandpints.net/location/dayton-oh/ 

The People's Choice Award for "Best Damn Wing" was given once again to Nick's Restaurant in Xenia which has taken home this top prize since the event’s inception. 

The People's Choice Award for "Best Damn Wing" was given to Nick's Restaurant in Xenia at this year's Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest. ALEXIS LARSEN

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People's Choice Award: Nick's 

1443 N Detroit St, Xenia 

937-372-3202 or http://gotonicks.com 

Giovanni's took home three major awards thanks to their its tasty creamy lemon-pepper wings and chocolate-chip waffle cone cannoli with fresh strawberry. Romer's won for its delicious turkey balls and their Aftershock sauce that made lips burn for hours afterwards. 

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com.

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