Iowa eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
2019 May 30Hot Wing Eating Contest McGrath Powersports Cedar Rapids, IA
2019 Jun 1Pizza Eating Contest Pizza Fest Ankeny, IA
$4,000 2019 Jun 1I The 2019 World Championship Canteen Sandwich Eating Contest Central Park Ottumwa, IA
2019 Jun 29Hot Dog Eating Contest Junction Days Red Oak, IA
2019 Jul 27Hot Wing Eating Contest Des Moines County Fair West Burlington, IA
2019 Jul 27Mini Donut Eating Contest Des Moines County Fair West Burlington, IA
2019 Aug 10INathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier - men Iowa State Fair Des Moines, IA
2019 Aug 10INathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier - women Iowa State Fair Des Moines, IA
Three random eating challenges
5 lb. meal Farmboy Challenge Smokey D's BBQ Des Moines, IA pork tenderloin, bread, fries, gravy, bacon, cheese and grilled onions
9 lb. breakfast Ultimate Overload Trucker's Skillet The Apple Barrel @ Sapp Brothers Percival, IA includes 3 lb. meat, 1 dozen eggs, 2 lb. hash browns, 1 lb. cheese, 1/2 lb. sausage gravy 3 pancakes, 2 toast and large coffee & juice, also a commerce city, CO location
9 lb. sandwich Monster Sandwich Challenge Boxer BBQ Council Bluffs, IA
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Jethro's BBQ in Iowa will award $5000 if a customer breaks Molly Schuyler's record of 2:55 for its Emmenecker challenge.

2018 Iowa State Fair Nathan’s Qualifier

Des Moines Register article

Patrick Coughlin video

Article about Iowa competitive eater Mark Williams

Official results
1) Matt Hazzard 29.5
1W) Rene Rovtar 7 (sole female)

The Des Moines Register has a gallery of Matt Hazard eating 29 hot dogs at the Iowa State Fair to win the first qualifier of the 2018-19 Nathan’s circuit. A caption incorrectly claims that Jake Thompson was the victor of the 2017 qualifier actually won by Juan Rodriguez.

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Registration is open for the first Nathan's qualifier of the 2018-19 circuit at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on August 11.

2018 Canteen sandwich eating contest

Gideon Oji, Juan Rodriguez, Juan Neave, Sarah Reinecke, Matthew Raible, Andrew Kogutkiewicz, Tanner Varner, Michelle Severino, Mark Williams Michael Blue and Andrew Webber are expected to compete in the Canteen sandwich eating contest in Ottumwa, IA on Saturday. In January, the contest organizers claimed the event would be televised on ESPN, but the competition is not listed in the ESPN schedule for June 2.update Ottumwa Courier has an interview with Sarah Reinecke about competing in the contest.

2018 Tivoli Aebleskivers

update May 30 Matt Hazzard has a video

update has an article

Official results

1st 107 Geoffrey Esper
2nd 98 Darron Breeden
3rd 96 Gideon Oji
4th 58 Matt “Hungry” Hazzard
5th 46 Ethan Teske
6th 36 Mark “the muncher” Williams
7th 35 Matthew Raible
8th 23 Das Loomis
9th 21 Meliss Klabel
10th 21 Keith Branch


Geoff Esper, Gideon Oji, Darron Breeden and Matt Raible are expected to compete in the Tivoli Fest World Æbleskiver-Eating Championship in Elk Horn, IA on May 26.

2017 Iowa State Fair Nathan’s qualifier

update Aug 17 Iowa Public Television has a video

Jesus Gonzalez video

Juan Rodriguez and Sophia DeVita are the favorites. Juan appeared on WeAreIowa yesterday.

Facebook Live video

Full Results Part 1 | Part 2

1st 28.5 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
2nd 19 Jake Thompson
3rd 18 Matt “Hungry” Hazzard
4th 16.5 Mark “the muncher” Williams
5th 15.75 Matthew Raible
6th 9 Zach Adams
6th 9 Kameron Gray
6th 9 Andrew Kilborn
9th 6 Chris Branch

1W) Sophia DeVita 19 personal best (sole female)

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The Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport, IA will hold a corn dog eating contest on August 6 awarding $500 to the winner. Qualifiers will be held on August 3, 4 and 5.
Registration is open for the first two qualifiers of the Nathan's 2017-18 circuit: Des Moines on August 12 and Portland, OR on September 4. The Portland qualifier will be the first northwestern site on the Nathan's circuit since at least 2004.
Catcher Zach Fricke and pinch-hitter Austin Guzzo of the University of Iowa baseball team held a hot dog eating contest during their loss to the Univeristy of Minnesota. Guzzo won with a total of 5 hot dogs.

Elk Horn Tivoli Fest aebleskiver eating contest

update has an article

Blake’s Garage has a video

Official Results Part 1 | Part 2

1st 87 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie
2nd 73 Gideon Oji
3rd 53 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan
4th 45 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
5th 32 Sophia Devita
6th 26 Mark “the muncher” Williams
7th 24 Matthew Raible

It appears Matt Stonie won the aebleskiver eating contest in Elk Horn, IA according to this picture.

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Matt Stonie, Gideon Oji, Adrian Morgan, Juan Rodriguez, Yasir Salem, Sophia DeVita and Matt Raible are expected to compete in the Tivoli Fest World Æbleskiver Eating Championship in Elk Horn, IA Saturday.
A chicken dinner will take place tonight in Elk Horn, IA to raise money for the aebleskiver eating contest in May. Several events are planned to obtain funding for the Major League Eating event.
Here is the current MLE schedule. Registration is open unless stated otherwise. New contests have been added in Owensboro, KY, San Diego and Elk Horn, IA (more...) claims that the Tivoli Fest in Elk Horn, IA will hold an Ebelskiver Eating Contest on Memorial Day weekend.
Direct Action Everywhere disrupted yesterday's Hilary Clinton rally in Des Moines to protest her relationship with wholesale club Costco (video) The vegan activist group previously stormed the stage of last month's Nathan's Famous finals and June's Chicago Ribfest eating contest.
HawkeyeSports has an article and gallery about the University of Iowa attending the Beef Bowl tonight, a pregame meal for Rose Bowl teams held at Lawry's. The event has not been an official eating contest since the 1960s. Stanford will visit the Beverly Hills steakhouse tomorrow. Elika Sadeghi got to dine with the Hawkeyes and posted a video of her meal. ( article)
KWWL has an article about Aaron Osthoff, who says he might return to competitive eating in 2016.

Molly Schuyler to attempt two records in Des Moines

Molly Schuyler will attempt to break two records this weekend in Des Moines: her mark of 4:50 for the “Emmenecker Challenge” at Jethro’s BBQ on Saturday and the record for five pounds of bacon on Sunday. update Jethro’s is looking for competitors to face Molly. udpate Mar 28 The Des Moines Register and KCCI have articles. A video of Molly’s appearance on Great Day Des Moines is also available.

update March 28 #2 Molly finished the challenge in 2:55 to break her record. KCCI has an article and Simon Conway has a video

update March 30 KCCI reports that Molly finished five pounds of bacon in 5 minutes and 2 seconds.

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Kyle Hanner reports that Aaron Osthoff ate 3.7 pounds of wings in 5 minutes to win the first prize of $1000 at the Wing Bowl at the Mystique Casino in Dubque, Iowa.
Mystique Casino in Dubuque, Iowa will hold a wing bowl awarding $1000 on January 30. Qualifiers will be held on the preceding Fridays starting January 2.
The University of Iowa student paper has a report on an attempt at the Airbus burger challenge at the Airliner in Iowa City, IA.
Kyle Hanner ate over 5 pounds of "chicken lips" in 5 minutes at Graze in Iowa City yesterday to claim the first prize of $500.
Graze Grill in Iowa City will hold a "chicken lips" eating contest on May 12 awarding $500 to the winner. (via Zach)  
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