CHESTNUT DOMINATES PUMPKIN PIE CHAMPIONSHIP!
There would be no mistake here. No misstep. This was Chestnut's to lose. The overhead smash at a Wimbledon Match Point. The wide open tight end in the end zone at the Super Bowl. A double 20 with three arrows to win the William Hill World Darts Championship. The easy stuff. The stuff that the greats do in their sleep. The stuff that you and I would mess up given half a shot.
The second annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival World Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship was Chestnut's to lose, with respect to his rivals, and lose he did not. With his nemesis Stonie sitting the event out, Chestnut entered as the firm favorite and carried out his task with precision and aplomb. No fairytale for another. A win for Chestnut. Clinical, ruthless, clean.
But hardly joyless. The beautiful people of Elk Grove, CA, made sure of that, their clear, wide smiles basking in the early fall NorCal afternoon light. They cheered on one of their own—Joey, Joey, Joey—and their hero did what they wished. He ate and he ate and he ate until there was no more time left to eat. Eight minutes; 18.25lbs. Not a World Record. But a job well done. And in this America, at this time, that is a credit to one man. A man of purpose and drive. Chestnut.
Full results below.
Full Results! 1 Joey Chestnut 18.25lb of Pumpkin Pie in 8 mins 2 Miki Sudo 13.75 3 Michelle Lesco 8 4 Steve Hendry 7.75 5 Erik Denmark 7.5 6 Pablo Martinez 7 7 Lesley Ryder, Joel Steinberg, Mark S Allen 3.25 10 Jon Davis 3 11 O'Con Jr and Police Officer Farinha 2.75 13 Fire Chief Apple 2.5 14 Barbara LaBarge 1.75
This contest took place at 1.30pm Pacific, on Sunday, October 4th, 2015, 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. In fact, it is the current World Record holder of the average Top 10 Giant Pumpkins. 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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*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.