The Western Days Festival World Tamale Eating Championship Presented By Market Street

Date: 09/24/2016
Location: Lewisville, TX
Winner: Adrian Morgan, with 63 tamales in 12 minutes, Tamales
Total Prizes: $3,500 total cash purse


Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan ate 63 2oz Market St tamales in 12 minutes to win the 2016 Western Days Festival World Tamale Eating Championship Presented By Market Street. It was his first win in this discipline. By his display of precise, controlled power eating, it will not be his last.

Morgan found a rhythm early in the contest and did not waiver or falter. Each plate of Market St tamales gave themselves willingly to his cause—there was no fight, simply a smooth and relentless march until the clock read 0:00. Morgan's effort resembled a perpetual motion machine specifically designed to consume tamales. His performance was eerily quiet, as though he was practicing some sacred rite.

Juan Rodriguez moved a lot more than Morgan but ate less. His moves were, as you would likely think, beautiful, his chiseled quads tensing and swaying with every bite. Juan does not skip leg day and you should not either. Josh Miller continued his quiet improvement at the table to finish third; Steve Schuster came fourth in his first non-Hot Dog And Bun contest. Hat tip, too, to fifth-place finisher Nasty Nate Biller. This year's contest marked the 10th anniversary of Nate's first Western Days Festival World Tamale Eating Championship effort. He is engaged to be married and Major League Eating wishes him and his family all the very best.

Full results below.

1 Adrian Morgan 63
2 Juan Rodriguez 56
3 Josh Miller 50
4 Steve Schuster 36.5
5 Nathan Biller 33
6 Cameron Foote and Clint Grose 21
8 Wade Peck 20
9 Alex Perez 17
10 Mark Poland 8.5

This contest took place at 1pm Central, on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the City Hall Stage at the Lewisville Western Days Festival, 151 W Church Street, Lewisville, TX 75057!

About The Western Days Festival In Historic Old Town Lewisville!
The Western Days Festival World Tamale Eating Championship Presented By Market Street* is a highlight of the annual Western Days Festival in historic Old Town Lewisville, TX. This MLE-sanctioned competition is organized by the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Market Street is the official provider of contest tamales at the World Tamale Eating Championship. Past champions of this 12-minute consumption marathon include Tim “Eater X” Janus, Sonya Thomas, Joey Chestnut, and reigning champion, Miki Sudo. Other festival events include live music, the Cattle Drive Parade featuring a herd of 20 longhorn cattle, an art exhibit, children’s activities and more.

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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.