June 25, 2007

16 Recent Competitive Eating Contests in the US

Every July 4th since 1916, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs has hosted its annual International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating contest in Coney Island, NY. This year promises to be exciting as six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi of Japan defends his title from last year’s second place winner, Joey Chestnut of California. While the Nathan’s contest is probably the best-known eating competition in the US, there are many other competitive eating events that take place every year. Here are just a few of the contests that took place in the year since the last Nathan’s competition.

  • Rhubarb Pie: Winner ate 7.9 pounds of rhubarb pie in eight minutes; North Dakota State Fair, July 2006
  • Horseshoe Sandwiches (Two pieces of toast topped with ham, French fries, and cheese sauce): Winner ate 6 pounds, 5 ounces of sandwiches in 10 minutes; Illinois State Fair, August 2006
  • Gyoza: Winner ate 212 gyoza; Nisei Week, Los Angeles, August 2006
  • Waffles: Winner ate 23 waffles in 12 minutes (7.5 pounds); Atlanta, GA, September 2006
  • Cannoli: Winner ate 26 cannoli in six minutes; 79th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, New York, NY, September 2006
  • Fried Okra: Winner ate 9.75 pounds in 10 minutes; Oklahoma State Fair, September 2006
  • Jalapeno Peppers: Winner ate 247 pickled jalapenos in eight minutes; State Fair of Texas, October 2006
  • Whole Turkey: Winner ate 4.8 pounds of turkey in 12 minutes; Artie’s Deli, New York, NY, November 2006
  • Meatballs: Winner ate 9.97 pounds of meatballs; Tropicana Hotel, Atlantic City, December 2006
  • Date Nut Bread and Cream Cheese Sandwiches: Winner ate 29 sandwiches in 10 minutes; Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, December 2006
  • Chili Cheese Fries: Winner ate 5.44 pounds of fries; Long Beach, CA, February 2007
  • Deep-fried asparagus: Stockton Asparagus Festival, April 2006
  • Corn on the cob: Winner ate 34 3/4 ears of corn in 12 minutes; 7th Annual Sweet Corn Fiesta, Palm Beach, FL, April 2007
  • Strawberry Shortcake: Winner ate 15.25 pounds of strawberry shortcake in eight minutes; Mattituck, NY, June 2007
  • Shoo-Fly Pie: Lancaster, PA, June 2007
  • Pigs’ Feet and Knuckles: New Jersey State Fair, June 2007

Source: International Federation of Competitive Eating

3 Responses to “16 Recent Competitive Eating Contests in the US”

  1. Arthur W. Ostrander said:

    Absolutey disgusting and reprehensible. In a world where there are hungry and starving people, including children, to have eating as a contest is apalling. I intend not to patronize those businesses that I discover sponsoring such competitions and I ask that you do the same.

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    I would like info for future corn eating contests.

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