Fresno eating challenges and contests category

Three random Fresno eating challenges
30 in pizza 30 In Pizza Popolo's Pizza & More Fresno, CA for 2 person teams, $500 awarded to first finishers (not sure if available for subsequent finishers)
big bowl Pho Challenge Legendary Pho Kitchen Fresno, CA
5.5 lb. burrito "El Grande" El Rosal Mexican Restaurant Visalia, CA
(All Fresno eating challenges and contests in database)

Stephanie Wu has posted the top 4 in yesterday's corn dog eating contest at the Tulare County Fair: 1) Edward Chin 13.5 corn dogs 2) Scott Rubin 10 3T) Stephanie Wu 7.5 3T) Israel 7.5
The Tulare County Fair will hold a corn dog eating contest on September 14 awarding $500/$200/$100 to the top 3 finishers.

Competitor in Fresno Grizzlies taco qualifier passes away

update #5MLE have made their first social media update since Tuesday’s tragedy with an Instagram post about Badlands Booker’s new video. The Sacramento Bee has an article The family has set up a fundraising page on facebook

update #4 Yahoo.com has an interview with the family of the deceased. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announced that choking was the cause of death.

Another tweet promoting Tuesday’s contest as a MLE qualifier has been deleted (Original URL) Here is a screen capture:

update #3Saturday’s contest has been removed from the MLE schedule.

update #2 Saturday’s MLE contest has been cancelled (Fresno Bee article)

The Fresno Grizzlies have deleted the June 26 tweet promoting last night’s contest as a MLE qualifier. Here is a screenshot:

update The Fresno Grizzlies have posted an official statement which denies that last night’s contest was MLE sanctioned or a qualifier for a MLE event. The contest was promoted as awarding a spot in Saturday’s MLE contest. The Fresno Grizzlies held qualifiers in 2017 and 2018. Both competitions were won by Zach Armas, who took 6th and 5th place in the MLE events.

The Fresno Bee reports that a competitor in last night’s taco eating contest at the Fresno Grizzlies ballpark passed away. The competition was to have awarded a spot in Saturday’s MLE contest. I believe this is the first fatality connected with a sanctioned event in American competitive eating history. Details about the incident:

Fans at the game said a man collapsed to the ground in the middle of the taco eating contest. Emergency medical technicians then attempted the Heimlich maneuver and CPR before paramedics arrived in an ambulance and tried to resuscitate him, fans added.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the man collapsed.

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Registration is now open for the Fresno Tacos World Taco-Eating Championship on August 17. Registration will open later today for the pork roll eating contest in Trenton September 21 and the Lewisville, TX tamale contest on September 28.

Molly Schuyler wins Tulare County corn dogs

Sergio Reyes Raya has the top 3 in yesterday’s corn dog eating contest at the Tulare County Fair:
1) 25 Molly Schuyler 8 minutes
2) 10.5 Sergio Reyes Raya
3) 10.3 Scott Rubin

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The Tulare County Fair will hold a corn dog eating contest in Tulare, CA on September 15 awarding $500/$200/$100.

Geoff Esper wins Fresno Tacos

update: Fresno Bee column | Visalia Times Delta gallery | CBS47 video

Official results of taco eating contest at Taco Truck Throwdown in Fresno (8 minutes)

1st 73 Geoffrey Esper
2nd 65 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie
3rd 50 Gideon Oji
4th 45 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
5th 36 Zach Armas
5th 36 Steve Hendry
7th 29 Pablo Martinez
8th 17 Jon Davis
9th 15 Scott Rubin
10th 9 Jorge Martinez

Article about yesterday’s qualifier won by Zach Armas

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The Central Valley Pizza Fest will hold a 28 inch pizza eating contest for two-person teams in Lemoore, CA on Saturday awarding $200/$100/$75
Sergio Reyes Raya has the top 3 from yesterday's corn dog eating contest at the Tulare County Fair: 1) Molly Schuyler 26 corn dogs 2) Sergio Reyes Raya 10 3) Chad 5
The Tulare County Fair will hold a corn dog eating contest in Tulare, CA on September 16 awarding $500/$200/$100.

2017 Fresno taco contest

A qualifier awarding a spot in the July 29 MLE taco contest in Fresno will be held on Friday. Entrants will need to submit an Instagram video by Tuesday.
Vida en el Valle reports there will be a Major League Eating taco contest at the Fresno Grizzlies ballpark on July 29. An amateur qualifier will be held the day before.
The facebook for Taqueria Yarelis in Fresno announces that Pablo Martinez finished the "Anaconda" burrito challenge in 13 minutes. The 3 ft. burrito has generated a lot of viral media coverage with a video of its creation receiving over 17 million views. update JowiiTV video of Pablo Martinez finishing the burrito. update ABC30 has an article
A facebook video documenting the construction of the 3 foot "Anaconda" burrito at Taqueria Yarelis in Fresno has received over 17 million views.
The Tulare County Fair in Tulare, CA will hold a corn dog eating contest on September 17 awarding $500/$200/$100.
The Tulare County Fair will hold a corn dog eating contest in Tulare, CA on September 18 awarding $800 ($500 to the winner).
ABC30 has an article and video about Pablo Martinez' training session where he ate a 5 pound burrito in 13 minutes.
Molly Schuyler's facebook reports that she finished the "Big Fat Fatty" Challenge at Fat Sal's Deli in Los Angeles in 14:13, less than half the time needed for the only two previous finishers Miki Sudo (32 min) and Jamie McDonald (40 min). (Eyewitness account calls feat "beautiful?") (via email) Molly also finished the VictorEChallenge at Bulldog Burger in Fresno in 4 minutes. update Jul 16 Erik Lamkin has uploaded a video of his and Molly's atttempt.
The Central Valley Pizza Fest in Lemoore, CA will hold a 28 inch pizza eating contest on Sunday for two person teams awarding $375 ($200 to the winners).
Aubrey Koehn was the first woman to finish the burger challenge at Grill Masters BBQ in Clovis, CA.
Stephanie Wu has started a twitter and has posted the results of last night's corn dog eating contest at the Tulare County Fair: 1) Molly Schuyler 25 corn dogs 2) Eric Chin 11 3) Stephanie Wu 7.75. update Sept 14 Stephanie Wu reports that Molly Schuyler did the Grand Slam challenge at Batter Up Pancakes in a record 3:49 before the contest.
Aubrey Koehn finished the Grand Slam challenge at Batter Up Pancakes in Fresno. She previously completed the challenge in 2011.
The Tulare County Fair in Tulare, CA will hold a corn dog eating contest on September 12 awarding $800 ($500 to the winner).
ABC 30 has a video and article about Pablo Martinez.
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