United States eating challenges and contests category

The New York City Hot Sauce Expo that was to have taken place April 18 and 19 in Brooklyn has been postponed to September. Previous events had several spicy eating contests on both days.
The New Orleans Oyster Festival announced it has cancelled the event scheduled for May 30 and 31. A MLE oyster eating contest has been held during the festival.
An article by Jim Seimas about last June's Nathan's qualifier at Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz won the Associated Press Sports Editors award for papers with a circulation of 14,000 or less.
WWE wrestler Braun Strowman faced off against Danni Ellexo to see who could finish the burger challenge at Jimmy Hula's in Winter Park, FL first.
New York City hotels are hoping for a July 1 reopening date, which would make a Nathan's hot dog contest on July 4 a possibility.
The trainer for Long Weekend blames the Blue Runner Foods World Red Beans And Rice Eating Championship for the horse's poor result at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.
"In a very strange set of circumstances, Fair Grounds had a red-beans-and-rice eating contest on the apron of the track," Amoss said. "They had all the big eaters. Joey Chestnut and, I mean, these were national guys. It was sponsored by a red-beans company, and there was a lot of activity and hoopla, and it spooked Long Weekend, and he got loose in the post parade."
The Elk Horn (Iowa) Tivoli Fest that was to have been held May 22-24 has been cancelled. The festival had would have dropped MLE affiliation for its aebleskiver eating contest and been amateur only.
The International Bar-B-Q Festival scheduled for May 8 and 9 in Owensboro, KY has been cancelled and a mutton sandwich eating contest that was to have been held at that event has been removed from the MLE calendar. There are no plans to reschedule the festival on a later date this year.
Love in the Time of Coronavirus has an interview with Pat Bertoletti on how the coronavirus crisis has impacted Taco in a Bag, the Chicago restaurant he owns with Tim "Gravy" Brown.
Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, notorious for its "octuple bypass" burger challenge and its practice of spanking customers, announces it will not comply with a voluntary shutdown request and will continue serving customers in-house.
ESPN2 announced it will rerun the 2006 Krystal Square Off finals at noon Eastern Sunday followed at 1pm by the 2006 Johnsonville Brat Eating World Championship held at Sheboygan, WI's Brat Days festival. The programs are part of ESPN8: The Ocho, an entire day devoted to non-traditional fields of competition.
In 2016, Ramsey Hilton interviewed Dr. Robert Ziff about his epidemiology models as part of a video in which he also attempted the Dare to be Great sundae challenge at the Parlour in Jackson, MI.
Steak and Main in North East, MD, famed for its Great Steak challenge, received tips of $500 and $200 today.
If you are looking for competitive eating content, "Swallow Your Pride", a documentary about Wing Bowl 13 (2005), can be viewed on youtube for free. The focus is Bill "El Wingador" Simmon's quest to retake the title from Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas. Bob Shoudt (then known as Humble Bob), Arnie "Chowhound" Chapman, Dave "Coondog" O'Karma, Hank "The Tank" Goldey and Augie "Yao Wing" Chung are also featured. Conflict between IFOCE (MLE) and AICE is a secondary theme of the film. At 30:45, AICE co-founders Chapman and O'Karma discuss their grievances.
MGM Resorts announced that it will suspend operations for its Las Vegas properties starting Tuesday. The sites include the New York New York Hotel Casino, which has a Nathan's qualifier scheduled for April 4. update The venue's twitter confirmed the shutdown.
ESPN has an article about Baltimore Ravens lineman Bradley Bozeman's cross-country trip in an RV to promote anti-bullying initiatives which mentions him completing the 72 Big Texan steak challenge in 48:08.
Atlantic City government officials are seeking a court order to force the demolition of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, site of Nathan's qualifiers from 2009 to 2012.
Takeru Kobayashi announced (in Japanese) that there will be no Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce Chronic Taco eating contest in 2020.
Bill "El Wingador" Simmons posted a tribute to the winner of Wing Bowl 2 and 3, Kevin "Heavy Keavy" O'Donnell, who recently passed away following a struggle with cancer. He is one of five multiple Wing Bowl Winners: Simmons (5), Joey Chestnut (3), Molly Schuyler (3), Jonathan Squibb (3), O'Donnell (2). update Crossing Broad and the Gloucester City News have obituaries.
Round Table Pizza announced that Kevin Ross, Jon Rivera, Jon Davis, Raina Huang and edwardc3523 (probably Edward Chin) are the Reign of Fire finalists and will compete for a $5000 prize on March 28. It appears that Raina Huang received the wild card spot.
A commenter claimed that Raina Huang sped up her video to qualify for the Round Table Pizza Reign of Fire challenge finals. The video had background music added (contest rules require that the unedited video must be submitted.) (Youtube video)
Registration will open tomorrow for the first 2020 Nathan's Famous qualifier to be held April 4 at New York New York in Las Vegas. A qualifier has been held at that location every year since at least 2003. Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco has won the past five women's divisions of the competition; Max Suzuki has a two year streak for the men.
Two burger challenges will be offered during Knott's Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA from March 20 to April 19. The "Mega Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner-burger" contains 4 pounds of beef and is topped with 4 chicken breasts and a boysenberry pie. The "WOW Pasty" contains four pounds of hamburger and is wrapped in pie dough. The challenges cost $80 unless they are finished by a single diner.
Telegram.com has an article about Crazy Legs Conti speaking to class titled "Marketing to You" held at Clark University, in Worcester, MA. The course teacher was Lawrence Norman, a friend of Conti's since high school.
Pro wrestler Braun Strowman created a burger challenge at Jimmy Hula's in Winter Park, FL.
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