By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — Hundreds of chicken wings were served to Super Bowl fans around Sunbury by the Upper Augusta Township Fire Company on Sunday.
It was the first time the fire company sold wings for the Super Bowl, and the fundraiser quickly met with success.
“We did have an overwhelming response,” said Connie Brown, company treasurer. A total of 188 dozen wings, available in 12 flavors, including hot, honey mustard and pineapple habanero, were cooked in the fire company’s kitchen.
The response from the community has been great, said fire company secretary Sue Billman.
“This was our first try at this,” she said. “We’d never done wings before.”
About 15 members of the fire company were helping to cook the wing orders, starting at about 10 a.m. “Until the last order goes out, we’ll be here,” Billman said.
“The past couple years we’ve been keeping an eye on other fire companies” selling wings for the Super Bowl, Brown said.
This year, Upper Augusta members decided they would try it themselves.
The wings were $6 for a dozen. Orders were picked up at the firehouse, although company members delivered orders of six dozen or more.
Lori and Jerry Mulberger, of Herndon, picked up seven dozen wings to share at their party.
The Mulbergers, members of the Lower August Fire Company, had previously ordered chicken from other fire companies and wanted to help support other local firefighters.
They will definitely order the wings again next year, Jerry Mulberger said.
“I don’t have to cook them then,” he said.
“One hundred and eighty-eight was a number we didn’t expect,” Brown said, but she thought they could have sold more if not for a mistake on the part of the wing supplier.
When they first placed their orders, the distributor told them there would be 320 wings in a box, but there were only 228. The volunteers had enough wings to cover all their pre-orders, Brown said, but not any extras.
Next year, the company will probably double its wing order and may expand into other foods such as pizza or stromboli, Brown said.
Regular fundraisers held by Upper Augusta Township Fire Company include a Christmas tree sale, October gun raffle and summer car show.
“We have a great group of people here,” Brown said. “When we have fundraisers, we have more people than we know what to do with.”