Eastern North Carolina (mainland) eating challenges and contests category

Three random Eastern NC eating challenges
55 oz. burger 55 Challenge Highway 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries (over 100 eastern NC sites), NC free if eaten in under 30 minutes with fries & 24 oz. soft drink
big bowl Pho Challenge Grilled Ginger Fayetteville, NC
5 pancakes Large Stack Hall of Fame Chris' Cosmic Kitchen Wilmington, NC
(All Eastern NC eating challenges and contests in database)

Mort Hurst returned from a quarter-century absence from competitive eating with a win at the Ayden (NC) Collard Festival. Hurst gained fame for his eating exploits in the late 1980s, then put his career on hiatus after suffering a stroke in 1991. Reflector.com has an article about his comeback. update WNCT has an article
NewsObserver.com has a profile of Mort Hurst, whose eating feats achieved notoriety in the late 1980s. He will make a comeback at the Ayden, NC Collard Festival on September 9 after a 1991 stroke resulted in his retirement from competitive eating. update Sept 8article about Hurst's comeback
Molly Schuyler ate a 55 ounce burger meal in under 2 minutes to defend her Highway 55 Burgers title at the NC Picklefest in Mount Olive, NC today. update Contest video from Molly Schuyler.
Restaurant News has the field for Saturday's 55 (ounce burger) challenge at the NC Pickle Festival in Mt. Olive, NC sponsored by Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries: defending champ Molly Schuyler, Joe Menchetti, Dave Brunelli, Dale Boone and amateur Joe Hinstro.
The Hwy 55 Burgers Five Five Challenge will take place April 23 at the NC Pickle Festival in Mount Olive, NC.
NewsObserver.com has an article about the health issues Mort Hurst, billed as NC's original eating champ, has faced. He experienced a stroke after eating 38 soft-boiled eggs in 29 seconds in 1991 and continued to eat competitively for four more years.
Molly Schuyler finished the 55 ounce Hwy 55 Burgers challenge in 2:12 at the North Carolina Pickle Festival in Mount Olive, NC today, breaking the record previously held by "Furious" Pete Czerwinski (3:27).
Molly Schuyler has been announced as a competitor in Saturday's Five Five Challenge sponsored by Hwy 55 Burgers in Mount Olive, NC. Joe Menchetti will also compete; it does not appear "Furious" Pete Czerwinski will defend his title.
The Highway 55 Big A Burger contest will take place at the NC Pickle Festival on April 25. An invitation has been made to Molly Schuyler to compete for the $2500 first prize.
HamptonRoads.com reports that Bradley Herbert Hardison was arrested yesterday for felony breaking and entering after winning a donut eating contest on Tuesday. The competition was part of a National Night Out event sponsored by the Elizabeth City Police Department. (Elizabeth City is the birthplace of Edward Snowden, currently residing in Russia.)
"Furious" Pete Czerwinski defended his title in the Highway 55 (formerly Big A) burger challenge eating contest in Mount Olive, NC. (The first announcement for this event on the company facebook / twitter was yesterday.) update April 27 "Furious" Pete has a video travelog of his day trip (no contest footage) Update May 8 Joe Menchetti was second with a time of 6:43 NewsArgus has a gallery and Furious Pete has a video of him doing the challenge in a restaurant
Sup Dogs announces that porn star Carter Cruise will be the celebrity judge for its hot dog eating contest in Greenville, NC on Saturday. The winner will receive $200.  
Might as Well in Wilmington, NC will be holding 10 eating contests tomorrow reportedly awarding over $1000 in total. (Prize breakdown not listed).
"Furious" Pete Czerwisnki has posted a video from his victory at the Big "A" burger contest in Mount Olive, NC last month where he ate a 50 oz. cheeseburger, 8 oz. Fries and a 24 oz. Drink in 2:29.
The Goldsboro News-Argus reports "Furious" Pete Czerwinski won today's "Big A" burger eating contest at the North Carolina pickle Festival in Mount Olive, NC with a record time of 2:43. Jamie McDonald was the runner up with a time of 2:54, ending an 11 contest winning streak.
Dale Boone competed in yesterday's hot dog eating contest at Sup Dogs in Greenville, NC. update April 22 A video of the contest is available update April 23 The video caption has been changed to bill Dale Boone as "World Champion".
Bright Leaf Hot Dogs will hold a hot dog eating contest at the July 5 Durham Bulls game awarding a prize package worth over $1,000 to the winner. A qualifier take place Saturday at Duplin Winery in Rose Hill NC.
Sup Dogs in Greenville, NC will hold a hot dog eating contest Saturday awarding $250 to the winner.
A press release announces that "Furious" Pete Czerwinski and "Gentleman" Joe Menchetti will return to the “Big A Burger Challenge Championship” at the NC Pickle Festival in Mount Olive, NC on April 27. The contest will award $2000 (total purse $3500) to the fastest finisher of a 50 ounce burger, fries and 24 ounce drink.
Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt will hold eating contests on Saturday in Wilmington, NC awarding over $1,000 in cash and prizes. The event will have seven divisions, including competitions for women, costume-wearers and pets.
"Furious" Pete Czerwinski has uploaded a video of his recent attempt to defend his "Big A" Burger title in North Carolina.
In his first contest of 2012, "Furious" Pete Czerwinski defended his Highway 55 Big A title in Mount Olive, NC, finishing the 50 ounce burger in a time of 3:39. (His time last year was 3:02) update May 2 NewsArgus.com has a gallery.
"Furious" Pete Czerwinski and "Gentleman" Joe Menchetti are expected to compete in the Big "A" burger contest in Mount Olive, NC on April 28.
Andy's Big A Burger Championship will be held in Mount Olive, NC on April 28. The restaurant chain is changing its name to Highway 55 Burgers to facilitate expansion outside North Carolina.
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