Loathed or loved? First year without a Wing Bowl since 1992

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1st year with no Wing Bowl since 1992
1st year with no Wing Bowl since 1992. Matt O'Donnell reports during Action News Mornings on February 1, 2019.

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- One year ago, the Philadelphia Eagles were just days away from winning Super Bowl LII, and the final Wing Bowl event took place in South Philadelphia.

Friday would have been the 27th year for the Super Bowl weekend tradition.

But after the Eagles won the championship, organizers announced the Wing Bowl was no longer needed, making this the first year without the event since 1992.

Wing Bowl ends after 26 years. Rick Williams reports during Action News at Noon on October 30, 2018.

Wing Bowl 26 drew nearly 20,000 people to the Wells Fargo Center in 2018 to watch competitive eater Molly Schuyler gnaw her way through a record 501 chicken wings in 30 minutes.

She topped the old wing-eating record of 444, set in 2015.

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Wing Bowl was more than an eating competition. Over the years it turned into a huge, boozy spectacle with a parade of flamboyant contestants and a competition for women called "Wingettes."

The event was loathed by some and loved by others.

Action News reporter Sarah Bloomquist asked her Twitter followers if they were going to miss the Philadelphia tradition. You can vote by click on the image below.


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