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This story was updated at 3:55 p.m., Sept. 4, 2012.

Diane Saltzman of Frederick said her son has always been a “good eater.”

And on Sunday, Jake Saltzman, 21, also of Frederick made it official when he was crowned the “wing king” at Canal Bar & Grill in Frederick.

Saltzman bested five other contestants in a charity wing-eating contest, consuming 54.75 ounces of chicken wings — or about 3.4 pounds — in four minutes.

The Rock-N-Wing Off marked the end of a seven-week contest in which 10 competitors each week tried to eat as many wings as they could in four minutes. Sunday’s competitors were the winners from the previous six heats.

Charles “Chuck” Kidd III, who owns Canal Bar & Grill, said about 200 pounds of wings were prepared over the seven-week competition. The event was so well received that Kidd said he expects to hold another charity wing-eating contest next year.

The event raised about $1,735 for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the families of wounded or killed soldiers.

Saltzman returned $50 of his $150 cash prize to the foundation.

“It’s just really made Sunday fun day a super Sunday fun day,” said Kriste Hartman-Kidd, Kidd’s wife. “It’s just a fun event for people to come together to support a good cause.”

Money collected for the charity came from participants’ entry fees, as well as raffles and donations received during the events.

Alan Mullendore, 36, of Boonsboro who took fourth in Sunday’s event, also raised additional money by having people sponsor him in the contest. His sponsors pledged to donate 50 cents for every wing he ate, helping to raise an additional “couple hundred” dollars, said Mullendore, who works at M&T Bank in Frederick.

Hartman-Kidd said the idea to raise money for Folds of Honor came from one of the event’s sponsors, Wantz Distributors Inc., which handles Budweiser and Rolling Rock beer in Frederick. She said Canal Bar was interested in holding a wing-eating competition, and its distributor recommended the charity.

Other sponsors included Hemp’s Meats Inc., FACKA, Frednecks, Jim Beam and Uncle Dirty’s BBQ.

Saltzman received a prize package worth $500, which included the cash prize, a grill set, and gift cards to Hemp’s Meats and Canal Bar.