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Chicken Wing Festival organizer responds to social media backlash

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Posted at 5:13 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 12:47:26-04

LANSING, Mich. — The organizer of the Michigan Chicken Wing Festival is defending her event after some patrons went online calling it a dis-organized disaster.

She's telling Fox 47's Cryss Walker those claims are exaggerated and false.

You can’t please everyone.

That's how Shirley Carter-Powell is responding to a group of dis-satisfied customers who attended the Michigan Chicken Wing Festival and left dis-appointed.

Carl Schafer is one of the attendees who logged on social media to vent his frustrations.

He claims his Saturday visit started with dysfunction when he arrived to no water or no wings.

“None of the vendors we talked to knew what was going on,” Schafer told Cryss Walker.

“Some of the vendors were not prepared and that's something we cannot control,” Carter-Powell explained.

“Ninety percent of the vendors were ready but the point is so many people that came out, which was a great thing, but it was bad for some people because they didn't want to stand in line.”

Schafer is also telling Fox 47 food and drinks were not ready when the gates opened and helicopter rides that were advertised never happened.

There's also claims that a highly anticipated match failed to start on time.

“The wrestling ring that was coming in, they had a break-down on the freeway coming in so it was delayed about 45 minutes,” Carter-Powell said.

“I did see eventually later on in the later evening hours that some wrestling videos were posted but that was probably 8:00 in the evening so it was far from the 3:00 time that was posted,” Schafer said.

The organizer is a two-time cancer survivor.

She says she started the annual festival five years ago to raise money for people going through treatment.

Entry fees generated from the festival are non-refundable.

Organizers say the wing eating contest was postponed and participants were given refunds for the inconvenience.

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