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Smokin’ Hot Wing and Music Fest 2024

Saturday, September 14th, 2024 – Noon to 9:00pm @ American Nitrile

Brought to you by:  American Nitrile 🍗  Traba Industrial Staffing

Video By UP Creative

Congratulations to the winners of
the First Annual Smokin’ Hot Wing Cooking Competition!


Grovetucky Coop Troop


The Pellet Prodigies


A. D’Marco & Company

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with American Nitrile for their Second Annual Smokin’ Hot Wing & Music Fest!


This year’s Wingfest proceeds benefit South-Western Career Academy and Ghosts of War America – striving to provide immediate assistance to veterans in need.


Join us for a day of fun, music, good food and competition –
where we put our local teams to the test.

Smokin’ Hot Wing & Music Fest is a chance to come together and celebrate our great community and American Nitrile – bringing manufacturing back to the USA, all while supporting great causes – financial support for students in the manufacturing, welding, and hospitality programs at South-Western Career Academy and Ghosts of War America – providing needed assistance to help get veterans off the streets and get them the care they deserve.

At this family-friendly event, you’ll have a blast listening to great music as you enjoy scrumptious wings (place your vote for best tasting wings) while you enjoy an ice-cold beer or some great treats from the food trucks! You’ll laugh watching contestants bob for wings as your friends and family are having fun playing cornhole.


Main Stage – 4 Live Music Entertainers Throughout the Event

11:00 AM VIPs – Early Entrance
12:00PM – 1:30PM Tim Owings/One Man Band
1:30PM – 3:30PM Stranger / 80’s Band LEARN MORE
2:00PM Bobbing For Wings Challenge LEARN MORE
3:30PM – 5:00PM Christopher James
5:00PM Wing Eating Challenge LEARN MORE
6:00PM - 9:00PM Reelin’ In The Years

Grove City Mayor Ike Stage

12:15pm – Master of Ceremonies


Wing Smokin’ and Cookin’ Contest

Enter your team of 2-4 people and show off your skills to our panel of judges to become the First Annual Smokin’ Hot Wing Champions! Money and prizes will be awarded in the categories of Crowd Favorite and Most Original, and the Grand Prize-winning team takes home $1000!

Bobbin’ For Wings contest

It’s like bobbing for apples except with chicken wings and a wagon full of ranch dressing. Put your skills to the test for a chance to win money and prizes, and oh yeah, as many wings as you can eat in two minutes!

Wing Eating Contest

Think you have what it takes to grab the grand prize as the ultimate wing eater? Bring your appetite and maybe a bib and some Tums! Money and prizes awarded to the winner for our first annual wing eating champion!


Chef Baumberger

Before becoming the executive chef of The Guild House, Geoff Baumberger discovered his love for food and connection through cooking holiday meals with his family. In high school, a culinary program led him to The Culinary Institute of America.

During a 2002 externship, Geoff discovered Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR). After graduating in 2003, he worked at various CMR concepts, moved to Ocean Prime in Phoenix in 2008, and returned to CMR in 2015 to open Ocean Prime in New York City. He later served as executive chef at Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills until 2018. Back in Columbus, he worked at Harvey & Ed’s, El Segundo, SoCal Kitchen & Bar, and The Guild House before transitioning to his current role as Regional Chef with CMR Specialty Brands.

“I enjoy CMR for the diversity of our brand,” says Baumberger.

Outside the kitchen, Geoff enjoys golfing, snowboarding, and grilling. He always has ice cream in the freezer and chili garlic paste in his kitchen. His family’s most requested meal is Thanksgiving dinner. He can’t wait to taste-teste all the wings at the Wingfest!

Autumn LeAnn

Autumn LeAnn is a passionate food enthusiast from Columbus, Ohio. With a background in Baking and Pastry Arts and business, she channels her love for food into creating delightful recipes, food photography, and social media content for various brands and her own blog. She offers her expertise to local and national businesses, helping them enhance their online presence and visual appeal. Connect with Autumn for more on her blog and Instagram.

Jill Halpin

Jill Halpin currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for Darby Group Companies, Inc. As a 40+ year resident of Buffalo, NY, she considers herself to be a chicken wing expert and can’t wait to bring her finely-tuned wing judging skills to the competition. This is a contest for which she has prepared her entire life. With the taste of her first wing as a young child (always with blue cheese, never ranch), she was hooked. Jill has travelled the world and hasn’t found wings quite like those in Buffalo, so she is eager to see what Columbus, OH brings to the table.

Purchase VIP Tickets


  • VIP tickets are $250 each – Limited number of tickets being sold.
  • Event t-shirt
  • VIP wristband – special tent & seating next to stage
  • Unlimited wings + 5 drink tickets
  • Early access to event
  • Personal VIP treatment – VIP host will get your drinks
  • Commemorative USA/American Nitrile Wing Tray
  • Email tpabst@americannitrile.com to purchase tickets

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Contact us to learn more

For more information, contact Tracy Pabst
614-570-7759  |  tpabst@americannitrile.com