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Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings adding new TINS twist this year

Special to the Sun

TINS supporters (including a well-dressed Jim Hemig) warm up for The Company Picnic.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Couldn't get enough of the Olympics? On Friday, Sept. 9, 10 Tahoe organizations will go head-to-head in a competition of epic proportions to support the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science.

This year, TINS added "The Company Picnic" before its annual Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings competition — together, it is Piranga (natural science buffs may get the name connection).

Piranga kicks off at noon at the Squaw Valley Park soccer fields. Teams in matching terrycloth headbands will compete in pixie bike racing, "Human Hungry Hippo" and The Wild Relay, which tests the teams' athleticism (but may require some Tahoe wildlife knowledge in the event of a tie).

The community is invited to watch what is sure to be a hilarious and cutthroat competition. Don't miss 101.5 FM's JD Hoss race on a bike designed for a 5-year-old, or Kevin Marshall as a human wheel barrow.

The teams include Swift Communications, 101.5 FM Radio, GLA Morris Construction, Dickson Realty, Hallador, Truckee Donner PUD, Sierra Mountain Mortgage, Mountain Hardware, Guild Mortgage and Tahoe Forest Hospital.

The competition and fun continues at 5 p.m. with Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings at the Village at Squaw Valley. The stage is set for seven restaurants and five bands to battle it out for the coveted titles of "Best Wings" and "Best Band."

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New this year: TINS has partnered with Full Belly Deli to challenge the six Village at Squaw Valley restaurants for the "Best Wings" title.

Matt Reardon & Friends will play at Mamasake; Fireside Pizza rocks with Purple Curtain; Rapplesauce jams at the reigning wing champion, The Auld Dubliner; 22 Bistro will host Trey Stone and Kendal; and Rocker's band is under wraps for now.

Winners are chosen by popular vote and the entire Tahoe community is encouraged to join in the fun.

TINS is dedicated to connecting the Lake Tahoe community with the Tahoe region's natural environment, through programs in field research, education and outreach.

TINS' education programs benefit more than 5,500 students each year. Piranga proceeds will support TINS and all the work they do toward promoting better stewardship of Tahoe's natural resources.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. Visit to learn more.