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The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival World Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship

Location: Elk Grove, CA
Date: 10-02-2016
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with 19lb 6oz of Pumpkin Pie in 8 min


Joey Chestnut won the 2016 Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival World Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship by eating a staggering 19lb 6oz of pie in eight minutes. That he did so on zero days rest and fresh off a win in the Poutine discipline the day before only adds to his legend and lore. He is simply the Great One. Others may come close, others may win on occasion, but Chestnut will not—can not—allow himself to be beaten for long. When he is able to clear his mind, his stomach widens, his teeth sharpen and victory is soon his.

The previous day, Chestnut bested Carmen Cincotti by just half a pound in the Poutine discipline. MLE insiders forecasted a statement game from Chestnut here and that is exactly what he delivered: You may come close, Carmen, Chestnut said, but you will never overtake me. His dominance of this event delivered that message clearly. Cincotti should not feel chastened by the result here; humbled, perhaps.

They were the best in the field by over five pounds of pie. Miki Sudo was solid for 11 pounds in her return to sanctioned competition, Mr Hendry impressed for fourth, Pablo Martinez came fifth and looked great while doing so, and Bay Area up and comer Sergio Reyes finished in the money with 6 lb 10 oz for sixth.

Full results below.

FULL RESULTS! 1 - Joey Chestnut - 19lb 6oz 2 - Carmen Cincotti - 16lb 11oz 3 - Miki Sudo - 11 lb 4 - Steve Hendry 8 lb 5 - Pablo Martinez - 6 lb 10 oz 6 - Sergio Reyes - 5lb 7oz 7 - Jon Davis - 3lb 8oz 8 - The Mary Bowers - 3lb 4oz 9 - Coach Davis - 3lb 2oz 10 - Doug Ecks - 2lb 15oz 11 - Coach Marty - 2 lb

This contest took place at 1.30pm Pacific, on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016, at the Strauss Island Stage at Elk Grove Regional Park, Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove, CA!

All About The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival! The annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival welcomes guests of all ages to Elk Grove Regional Park over the first weekend in October. What began in 1994 as a small harvest celebration is now Elk Grove’s largest family festival and will attract an estimated 45,000 guests this year.

Some of California's heftiest pumpkins will weigh off at the festival. The festival has something for everyone with attractions including the Elk Grove World Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship, pumpkin derby, pumpkin recipe contest, scarecrow-making contest, kids’ zone, live entertainment, an art walk, and a race across the lake between giant pumpkin boats!

The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival is hosted by the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with many sponsors. Admission is FREE. Parking inside the park is $10. A portion of festival proceeds benefit local youth and service organizations.

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