CHESTNUT TAKES TAMALE TITLE!
What can be said about the tamale that hasn’t already been said? How about this: At the 2020 Western Days Festival World Tamale Eating Championship Presented By Market Street, Joey Chestnut—the #1-ranked eater in the world, for those who have been living on the wrong side of the Crab Nebula—ate 93 2oz tamales for the win. It was a powerful testament to the man and his considerable abilities. Chestnut’s effort was but two 2oz tamales shy of the world record in the discipline, set by Geoff Esper in 2019. No matter: The effort is the achievement.
Contestants in this event distinguished themselves with grace and elan, but also by eating a lot. Miki Sudo finished second with 75 tamales in 10 minutes—a total well ahead of the 61 she consumed to take the 2015 Tamale title. Nick Wehry continued his impressive 2020 campaign, limited as it is by matters that are out of MLE’s control and that we are referring to as the new normal. He ate 61. Gideon Oji’s battle with the tamale continued with 57.5, while Katie Prettyman and Jocelyn Walker each logged personal bests in the discipline with 21 and 16.5 tamales respectively.
Thanks in abundance to the good people of the City of Lewisville and the presenting sponsor, Market Street. We look forward to returning, and eating, as soon as we can. Full results below, which you can likely see for yourself.
FULL RESULTS! 1. Joey Chestnut 93 2. Miki Sudo 75 3. Nick Wehry 61 4. Gideon Oji 57.5 5. Nathan Biller 26.5 6. Katie Prettyman 21 7. Jocelyn Walker 16.5 8. Alex Perez 12.5 9. Brian Moote 8 10. Greg Wilson DQ
This contest took place at 11:45am on Saturday, September 26, 2020, inside the Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater—located at 100 N Charles St, Lewisville, TX 75057—as part of the Lewisville Western Days Festival!
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. The Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau organize this MLE-sanctioned competition. Market Street is the official provider of contest tamales at the World Tamale Eating Championship. Past champions of this event include Geoffrey Esper, Darron Breeden, Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan, Tim “Eater X” Janus, Sonya Thomas, Joey Chestnut and 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.