The Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream Eating Championship

Date: 04/12/2014
Location: Lakeland, Florida
Winner: Joey Chestnut, Ice Cream
Total Prizes: $4,300 Total Cash Prizes


Have you ever seen a man eat 15 pints of ice cream in 6 minutes? Those who stood under the clear Lakeland, FL sun on this day did. And it straight blew their minds. They walked away from the contest area after the final presentations with a weariness that comes from taking a giant swat from history's paw across the mind.

Did it happen? It did. Is he real? He is. How does he not get brain freeze and where does he put it all and how does he feel after a contest and how did he get into this whole eating thing and what's his favorite contest food? (Answers: 1, He does, kind of; 2, his enormous stomach; 3, depends on the food to be honest with you; 4, his brother signed him up for his first contest and it kind of snowballed from there; 5, the ones in which he wins, which is convenient because he does that a lot.)

That man was Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and what he did at the second annual Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream Eating Championships was amazing. Fifteen pints. Six minutes. The mind boggles.

Miki Sudo kept pace with Chestnut throughout and finished with 13.5—as good as anyone has eaten in this event not named Joey Chestnut. Sudo found something in this event that has perhaps eluded her in competition thus far in 2014: A clear and simple rhythm. She ate like a contended woman, happy in the knowledge that she was doing well in something she is good at.

Ronnie Hartman impressed with a tie for third with Michelle "What Are You Doing Lesco?" Lesco, who continues her relentless march of solid money placements in 2014. They both ate 10.5 pints. Dud Light ate less than them but MLE is happy to report that he is still very, very handsome, despite being seen too seldom at the MLE table. Or maybe because of it. Who can say?

But this was Joey's day. They often are. One day you or your children or their children will wake up in a world in which Joey Chestnut does not eat professionally. This will happen. We pray it happens deep into the next century but it will happen. And when it does, we will not have days like today: Days when the sun shone and he was unbeatable and the world all made sense.

1st Joey Chestnut, 15 Pints
2nd Miki Sudo 13.5
3rd Ronnie Hartman 10.5
3rd Michelle Lesco 10.5
5th Brian "Dud Light" Dudzinski 9.25
6th Bryan Weller 7.5
6th Michael Jenkins 7.5
8th Daniella Gioia 7.25
9th Jason Smith 6
10th Sean Brockert 4.5

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I scream! You scream! Once more, we all Scream for Ice Cream! That's right!—MLE is proud to announce the return of the Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream Eating Championship, to be held as part of the 2014 Florida Ice Cream Festival. MLE eaters are encouraged to sign up for this delicious challenge of man (and woman) vs. everyone's favorite dessert.

Those who attended the inaugural 2013 event will know that the Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream Eating Championship is one of the most demanding events on the MLE circuit. The richness of the ice cream. The sweetness of its kiss. The inevitable brain freeze. Six grueling (but delicious) minutes of competitive eating action await.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut's world record-setting 2013 performance of 1.81 gallons—that's 14.5 pints, people—will be hard to top. Do you have what it takes to push yourself to the limit? This event is a test of both mind and body. Who wants it the most? At the table or in the crowd, this is The Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream Eating Championship—don't you ever miss it!

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This contest* will take place at 4pm Eastern on Saturday April 12, 2014 at the SUN'n FUN Grounds at Lakeland Linder Airport, 4175 Medulla Rd, in beautiful Lakeland, FL

1st - $2,000
2nd - $1,000
3rd - $600
4th - $400
5th - $200
6th - $100

Please note: This contest is restricted to participants aged 18 and over.

About The Florida Ice Cream Festival:
The 2013 Florida Ice Cream Festival was only the beginning! We are pleased to announce that this year's event will be held at the SUN'n FUN grounds on April 12 and 13, 2014. SUN'n FUN is known for its annual "Fly-in" and airshow and is located at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. This beautiful location has the capacity to handle the large crowds expected at the 2014 Florida Ice Cream Festival!
This two-day event will provide attendees with more activities, more ice cream and food vendors, and the return of the World Ice Cream Eating Championship, featuring the world's #1-ranked eater and defending champion, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut. The second day of the festival will promote Family and Church Day, with performances by area Christian bands, along with vendors, activities and events from the first day.
Proceeds from the Florida Ice Cream Festival benefit the Magnify Life Foundation, which funds the TrueWealth-KIDS, a financial literacy program for all fifth-grade classes in Polk County, and the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), a Polk County Schools Academy located at Linder Regional Airport. CFAA students are challenged to reach high levels of achievement in science, technology, mathematics and engineering in preparation for high-tech careers in the fields of aviation and aerospace.
The Florida Ice Cream festival is one of the largest ice cream festivals in the United States—and this year's serving promises to be the sweetest yet!

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*All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and fully acknowledge and understand the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest. The applicant further acknowledges and understands that the MLE/IFOCE coordinates with event sponsor(s) to select and approve eligible participants, and that the MLE/IFOCE shall decide, at its sole discretion, whether an applicant is eligible to participate in any eating event, and/or related activities. The MLE/IFOCE may revoke an applicant's eligibility to participate in the eating contest, or related activities, at any time, for any reason, at its sole discretion. The MLE/IFOCE and the event sponsors reserve the right, at any time, to change any and all details concerning the event, including, e.g., time, duration, location and prize structure.