The Flamingo celebrates 19th anniversary

Annual Wing-Eating Contest starts at 7 p.m.

No squawk here! The Crazy Flamingo is throwing a wing-ding 19th anniversary party on Friday and you're all invited to fly along.

Jenine Ouillette/Special to the Eagle

No squawk here! The Crazy Flamingo is throwing a wing-ding 19th anniversary party on Friday and you're all invited to fly along.

No squawk here! The Crazy Flamingo is throwing a wing-ding 19th anniversary party on Friday and you're all invited to fly along.

Jenine Ouillette/Special to the Eagle

No squawk here! The Crazy Flamingo is throwing a wing-ding 19th anniversary party on Friday and you're all invited to fly along.

Crazy Flamingo

1035 N. Collier Blvd. #313, Marco

Marco Island has become famous for throwing great parties, and the iconic bird’s grand opening party, that took flight July 25, 1989, is the great-great grand-daddy-flamingo party that started the ritual.

Friday, The Crazy Flamingo is celebrating the 19th anniversary of the grand opening of one of the island’s favorite watering holes and seafood restaurants that is still owned by the original and sole owner, Tony Rainone, noted James Hubbard, general manager of The Crazy Flamingo.

“It’s a present for our customers, our way of giving back 19 years of doing business. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with our annual Wing-Eating Contest starting at 7 p.m. Friday, with cash prizes for first and second place. We’ll be giving away T-shirts, hats, key rings and other Flamingo memorabilia to the participants,” Hubbard explained.

“Last year, we had 35 people enter. It was a good competition. The guy who won ate 55 wings in 15 minutes,” Hubbard said, adding that the event will be held inside the restaurant, and participants can enter any time before the contest by calling 642-9600, or stop by the Marco Island Town Center Mall, 1035 N. Collier Blvd., to register in person or simply come in to The Crazy Flamingo before or during the wing-eating competition to register.

“We have a sign-up sheet here to register people who call or come in before the contest,” Hubbard explained, “It’s not required. The purpose is to give us an idea of how many people will be participating so we have enough stuff on hand and don’t disappoint anyone who wants to enter.”

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hourigan82247 writes:

Congrats, Tony. If you can't find Tony at the Flamingo, drive around the Island till you find a charity function going on. You'll find him, right in the middle getting involved as much as possible.

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