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August 27, 2014

Best Bets: Plan your weekend

The Midwest WingFest is back to satisfy your Labor Day weekend appetite for chicken wings, live music and contests at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights.

Hours are 5-midnight Friday and noon to midnight Saturday on the east parking lot behind Dillard's.

The regional chicken wing cookoff boasts more than 20 vendors, who will also have hot, spicy and gourmet wings available for purchase. Over the last two years, WingFest has served more than 200,000 wings to nearly 50,000 people.

The Midwest WingFest 5K Chicken Run starts near the water tower. Registration is at 6 a.m., and the race starts at 7; cost is $25. There also will be a half-mile kids run with a $10 registration fee. A $100 prize will go to the best chicken to cross the finish line. The Egg & I will serve free pancakes after the race and McAlister's Deli will provide free tea.

A wing eating contest is 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Music on Friday will be by Genltleman Bandits, 5-7 p.m.; Derrick Keith, 7-8 p.m.; Jeremiah Johnson Band, 8-11 p.m. On Saturday, it's Jza Jzanell and the Company, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Dereoke Finals, 4:30-7 p.m.; The VCRs, 8-11 p.m.

A kids corner will feature a rides, bouncers and games.

Wings aren't the only food available. You can find anything from pulled pork to chili dogs. Plus there will be games for adults, drink booths, raffles and giveaways.

A portion of the proceeds will go to support Disabled Veterans.

Duck Race

The 23rd annual Kaskaskia River Duck Race may not be all it was quacked up to be in the past, but it's still promises to be a lot of fun for a good cause when it returns to the Carlyle Lake West Spillway on Saturday.

Due to maintenance work and the closure of the bridge deck on the main dam, the event has been changed to "Celebrate Duck Day." Thousands of rubber ducks will be placed on land in a fenced-in area at the West Spillway. A blindfolded official will select the lucky ducks.

The owner of the winning duck will get $5,000 and nine additional prizes will be awarded to the runners-up.

Ducks are available for adoption at a variety of locations, including the Carlyle Lake Visitors Center and area banks. Ducks can be adopted individually or in special Quack Packs in amounds of $25, $50, $100 and $200.

Children's games start at 11 a.m. Saturday; duck events are at noon.

All proceeds support the Healthcare Foundation, which proves educaional programs, emergency services and medical supplies for families living in Clinton, Marion, Washington and Jefferson counties. More than 100 idividuals received help last year.

Kaskaskia church picnic

You can see the Liberty Bell of the West and tour historic Immaculate Conception Church Sunday on Kaskaskia Island.

The picnic at the church, which was established in 1675, will include a quilt and cash bingo at 1 p.m.; sausage, barbecue, kabobs, burgers, brats and kettle corn; a horseshoe tournament (sign up by 11:45 a.m.; $5 fee); and antique tractor and truck pulls.

There will be skill games for all ages, drawings and a country store. A World War II exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kaskaskia Island is 60 miles south of St. Louis. From Missouri 61 at St. Mary, Mo., cross the bridge and follow the signs.

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