Sonya, LeFevre and Eater X at Harrah's Cherokee

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino will play host to a number of the circuit's finest competitive eaters on Friday, July 7, at 7:00 p.m. atthe second annual Harrah’s Cherokee Rib Eating Championship.

Expected to compete are Sonya Thomas, Rich LeFevre, Eater X, Bubba Yarbrough, Dale Boone, and Eater X. These great competitors will gather in Cherokee to battle for the title of 2006 Harrah’s Cherokee Rib-Eating Champion. The champion will receive a $2,000 cash prize, with an additional $3,000 being distributed to the rest of the winners.

Few have forgotten the 2005 contest, when Rich "The Locust" LeFevre took first place after a runoff off against Eater X. In the main event both tied with 3.75 lbs. of ribs. LeFevre took the title and $2,000 first place prize by eating a total of 4.81 lbs. of ribs in 14 minutes. Eater X downed 4.31 lbs. for second place. The abrasive Dale Boone finished third, and is expected to compete again.

Harrah’s Cherokee is recognized as one of the premiere resorts in the Carolina area, and features an 80,000 square foot casino floor. It’s located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, North Carolina. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel is an enterprise of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and is managed by Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc