Syracuse / Central New York eating challenges and contests category

Three random Syracuse eating challenges
spicy sub Inferno Challenge Gorgers Subs Ithaca, NY
72 oz. steak 72 Ounce Steak Challenge East End Steakhouse Little Falls, NY
burgers Burger Record Kart Lounge @ Cherry Valley Motorsports Park LaFayette, NY current record is 8 burgers
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The Observer Dispatch will hold a hot dog eating contest in Utica, NY on August 25 awarding $500 to the winner.
Joe Menchetti won the first prize of $1000 in yesterday's corn eating contest in Schuyler, NY.
A corn eating contest awarding $1000 to the winner will be held in Schuyler, NY on August 11 .
The Syracuse Polish Festival will hold a pierogi eating contest on Sunday awarding $250 to the winner.

2018 Taste of Syracuse Nathan’s qualifier

update June 10 Syracuse NewTimes gallery
Official results
1) Geoff Esper 45
2) George Chiger 26
3) Jim Reeves 22

1W) Kristina Rovtar 6.5, daughter of Rene Rovtar

LocalSyr.com reports Geoff Esper won the men’s division with 45 hot dogs. From the picture, it appears there was at least one female entrant, so “uncontested” failed to defend the women’s division.

Geoff Esper is the favorite in the men’s division. We will see if “Uncontested” defends her Taste of Syracuse qualifier title in the women’s division.

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Dave Brunelli ate 22 hot dogs in 5 minutes to take the first prize of $500 in Saturday's contest held by the Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch to celebrate its 200th birthday. (Gallery)
A hot dog eating contest awarding $500 to the winner will take place at the Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch's 200th birthday party Saturday. The event was to have been held August 12, but was rescheduled due to weather.
Sergey Lyubezhanin ate 2.22 pounds of corn in 2:30 to win the first prize of $1000 at the Schuyler Corn Competition and Car Show in Utica, NY on Saturday. Joe Menchetti was the runner up with 2.15 pounds.
The Observer-Dispatch newspaper will hold a hot dog eating contest awarding $500 on August 12 as part of its bicentennial celebration.
A corn eating contest will be held August 5 in Utica, NY awarding $1000 to the winner.
The Syracuse Polish Fest will hold a pierogie eating contest on June 25 awarding $250 to the winner.

2017 Taste of Syracuse Nathan’s qualifier

update Jun 4 American Fast Food Stories has a video

update Syracuse.com has a report

Official results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
After no femaleless qualifiers from 2011-2016, the Syracuse qualifier appears to be the 2nd uncontested women’s division in 2017 after the Miami Marlins qualifier :(

1) Steve Hendry 30
2) Dan “Killer” Kennedy 26
3) William “Wild Bill” Myers 14.5
4) Tom Moore 10
5) Roger Green, Jr. 9
6T) Charles Curio 5
6T) Erik Johnson 5
6T) Allen Walz, Jr. 5

Steve Hendry and Bill Myers are expected to compete.

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The Chemung County Historical Society has a blog entry about competitive eating in the Elmira, NY area.
A corn eating contest will be held in Schuyler, NY on August 13 awarding $800 to the winner.

2016 Nathan’s Syracuse qualifier

Syracuse.com has an article and video about the qualifier

Ryan Siciliano has the winners from today’s Nathan’s qualifier in Syracuse. Larell Marie Mele says she took the women’s wild card lead. Results part 2

1) Geoff Esper 34.5
2) Yasir Salem 31, takes men’s wild card lead
3) Jim Reeves 23
4) Ryan Siciliano 16
5) Steven Dorgo 15
6) Bill Myers 14.5
7) Jesse Kanula 13
8) Don 8
9T) Kevin Belbey 7
9T) Derek 7

1W) Meredith Boxberger 21
2W) Larell Marie Mele 14.5, takes women’s wild card lead

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Geoff Esper, Eric "Badlands" Booker, Meredith Boxberger and Larell Marie Mele are expected to compete in the Nathan's qualifier at Taste of Syracuse Saturday. Crazy Legs offers some tips for spectators and Rich Shea claims that a town record will be set (Takeru Kobayashi ate 110 bunless Hoffman hot dogs in 2012)
The Syracuse Polish Festival will hold a pierogie eating contest on June 12 awarding $250 to the winner.
The American Diner in Liverpool, NY offers a one pound “The Anti-Michelle Obama, Don’t Tell Me What to Eat or Feed My Kids Burger” that awards a T-shirt or hat to a customer that finishes it. (via foxnews.com)
Eric Simonds ate 1.74 pounds of corn in 90 seconds to win the first prize of $500 in Saturday's contest in Schuyler, NY.
Schuyler, NY will hold a corn eating contest on August 8 awarding $575 ($500 to the winner).
Nela Zisser is not the only pageant winner with competitive eating credentials. New Miss Rhode Island Alexandra Curtis won a wing eating contest when she was at Syracuse University. According to a 2012 interview, she was wearing a Hilary Clinton Halloween costume when she won the competition.
Lauren Mazzo has a blog entry about her attempt at Pinesburger challenge at the Glenwood Pines in Ithaca, NY.
AuburnPub.com has an article about Trevor Harmon, billed as the most decorated eater in Auburn, NY who will look to regain his title at the Ukrainian National Club's Pierogi Eating Contest Saturday.
Pitcher Ryan Tatusko of the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals minor league team) has made a request for Bob Shoudt to do an eating exhibition in upstate New York.
The Syracuse University student newspaper has an article about Eric "Badlands" Booker accompanying ToTs, a peformer who bills himself as the "potato rap pioneer".
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