WOODSTOCK — The 8th annual Wing and Rock Fest kicked off Friday and continues until 6 p.m. Sunday downtown at the Woodstock City Park.
The free, three-day festival features live music from more than 10 bands, 23 chicken wing vendors, more than 30 local arts and crafts vendors and various children’s attractions. Last year, more than 25,000 people attended and this year, 30,000 people are expected to attend over the three days.
The festival is rain or shine, today from noon until 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. Wings cost a dollar each and tickets can be purchased at the wing festival booth in the center of the festival, tickets are good at all wing vendor booths.
The event is for all ages and parking is available on Towne Lake Parkway near the event, and spokesperson for the event, Michele LeBlanc, said signs will make parking easy to find.
Starting at noon today, five bands will perform on the main stage, including a Def Leppard tribute band and the Tin Roof Cantina Acoustic Showdown winner. Also today at the gazebo stage, various children’s bands will perform as part of the Rock U School of Music Performance.
On Sunday, three bands will be on the main stage, including a U2 and Van Halen tribute band and an Eagles tribute band. Three other bands will perform Sunday on the gazebo stage.
Children’s activities include bounce houses, amusement rides, a rock wall, crazy hairdos, tattoos, sand art, glow in the dark items and more.
There will be a WingZone wing eating contest today at 6 p.m. for prizes, and the first 12 to sign up at the 97.1 The River booth can compete. There will be a people’s choice award for the best wing and voting is at The River’s booth. The radio station is sponsoring the festival.
No coolers or outside food or drinks are allowed, with the exception of one water bottle per person. LeBlanc said there will be plenty of water, wing, cotton candy, beer and other food vendors. Credit cards will not be accepted, but there will be ATMs available.
Chairs and blankets are allowed. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times.