EWN Sports Director Jeff Russo Competes In Chicken Wing Eating Contest

September 5, 2010 Updated Sep 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM EDT

By WKBW News

September 5, 2010 Updated Sep 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) The weather is crisp, but the wings are hot as thousands gather at Coca Cola Field for "Wing Fest 2010!"

The annual event staged by promoter Drew Cerza was inspired by the movie "Osmosis Jones" where the character played by Bill Murray wanted to go to Buffalo for a chicken wing festival. Noting that there wasn't such an event, Cerza started it several years ago.

One of the events staged at the festival is a chicken wing eating competition. On Saturday, 11 competitors took part in the amateur event.

Susan Borthwik of Clifton, New Jersey at 1.09 pounds of chicken wing meat to win the amateur competition.

In the "Buffalo Buffet Bowl," professional eaters were competing with 5 pounds of food, including "beef on weck," boneless wings, pizza, and canolis.

In this competition, Pat Bertoletti of Chicago did it all in 5:56 for 1st place.

2nd place went to Sonya Thomas, otherwise known as "The Black Widow!"

A media team, which included Channel 7 Sports Director Jeff Russo also took part in the "Joey Chestnut Pepto-Bismol Wing Eating Challenge!" event. Watch the video for Jason Greunauer's story on all the fun, and who Joey lost to!

If you want to wing it down to "Wing Fest" - the event continues Sunday at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo from 12:00PM-7:00PM.

Here are some of the scheduled events:

Sunday, September 5, 2010
Miss Buffalo Wing Pageant
Sponsored by The Cosmetic Dental Center
Baby Wing Competition
2:30PM Discover Photo Contest
Dennis George - Quiz Master
United States Chicken Wing Eating Championship
Sponsored by Wing Zone
4:30PM Yancey's Fancy Cheesiest Couple - Finals
Sponsored by Yancey's Fancy
5:00PM Ridiculously Hot Buffalo Wing Eating Contest more info
Sponsored by Hurricane Grill & Wings
Dennis George - Quiz Master

Channel 7 has supported "Wing Fest" from the start. "Eyewitness News," Making Good Things Happen Everyday.