ESPER TAKES PEPPERONI ROLL CROWN!
World! Major League Eating is proud to announce the return of The West Virginia Three Rivers Festival Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championship to our 2022 slate of sanctioned eating contests. Major League Eaters are warmly encouraged to sign up for the chance to return to Fairmont, WV—the epicenter of Pepperoni Roll culture—for a shot at glory and money. And for many, many pepperoni rolls.
The classic Pepperoni Roll consists of a soft white yeast bread roll with pepperoni baked in the middle. It is delicious. The rolls originated as a lunch option for the coal miners of north-central West Virginia in the first half of the 20th century. The Roll that is sanctioned for The West Virginia Three Rivers Festival Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championship weighs 3.25 ounces.
At last year’s event, Joey Chestnut ate 33 pepperoni rolls in 10 minutes to take the title. Geoff Esper would finish second with 30.5; Nick Wehry came third with 24.5. Chestnut’s world record of 43 pepperoni rolls in 10 minutes, set in 2019, will be on the line this year.
Will you win this year’s contest? Do you dare attempt to break Chestnut’s record? Is second-place good enough for you? Do you simply want to see the best in the world do what they do so well? This is The West Virginia Three Rivers Festival Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championship! At the table or in the crowd—don't you ever miss it!
FULL RESULTS! 1. Geoff Esper 31.5 2. Miki and Nick 28 4. Andy Krawczyk 13.5 5. Mike Whities 12 6. Stephen Farlow 10 7. Mike Deitz 9.25 8. Larell Marie 8.5 9. Jon Woertz 8 10. Stephen Alexander 5 11. Dr Rovtar 4.5
This contest will take place at 8pm local time on Saturday May 28th, 2022, at Palatine Park in Downtown Fairmont, WV!
About The West Virginia Three Rivers Festival! This year marks the 42nd year for The West Virginia Three Rivers Festival and the 9th year as host of The Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championship. The dates for this year’s Festival are May 26th, 27th and 28th, 2022. The Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championship will be held on the last night of The West Virginia Three Rivers Festival—Saturday May 28th—at 8pm.
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