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The corn boil will be a fundraiser for flood relief.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:00 am

EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. -- They're winging it.

Despite the torrential downpour that spread muddy water, misery and floating cars in downtown East Dubuque late last month, members of the East Dubuque High School Warrior Booster Club have opted to move ahead with the seventh annual Wingfest, Saturday, Aug. 13.

"There were issues with the electricity, but that's been resolved," event chairman John Digman said. "The biggest thing is that the corn boil will be a flood relief fundraiser, all by donation."

The nonprofit group relies on up to 100 volunteers to coordinate the daylong event, which includes a wing cookoff and food vendors all day. Despite the fact that most people have cleanup and repair issues to their homes and property, Digman said, "We're covered" as far as volunteers go.

In addition to taking care of the requests from the high school athletic department, the booster club pays for equipment and uniform needs for the junior high athletic programs.

"We are also responsible for the funding of the 'Bigger, Faster, Stronger,' strength and conditioning program, that is available to all of the students enrolled in grades seven through 12. One of our main goals this year is to eliminate the debt we took on when we installed the new lighting system at the football field a few years back," he said.

But Digman said that Wingfest is meant to be a family-friendly event more than a fundraiser. That's why the bounce house and kids' games are free, and this year they've added a petting zoo.

"Right now, we're all going through some things. We hope people will want to take a break from what they're doing and support this."

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