Arkansas eating challenges and contests category

Three random eating challenges
3 lb. burger Three Pound Burger Tobey's Corner Grill Van Buren, AR current record holder is Eric Lonetree (19 minutes)
2 lb. burger Two Pound Burger The Highlander Hardy, AR
4.5 lb. bbq sandwich The Boss Hog Pig-N-Out Imboden, AR total weight 6.5 pounds: topped w one pound baked beans & includes one pound fries, requires 4 hours notice
(All Arkansas eating challenges and contests in database)

Watching Randy Santel videos is apparently a class assignment for a course at Southern Arkansas University.
Robert McKinney has uploaded a video of him eating 26 hot dogs in 10 minutes to take the first prize of $1000 in a contest held at Mack's Prairie Wings in Stuttgart, AR yesterday. Brandon Clark was the runner up with 24.
Mack's Prairie Wings in Stuttgart, AR will hold a hot dog eating contest on August 12 awarding $1000 to the winner.
The Blossom Festival will hold a 64 ounce steak eating contest in Magnolia, AR on May 20 awarding $500 to the winner.
The White River Water Carnival in Batesville, AR will hold a hot wing eating contest on September 13 awarding $500 to the winner.
Candidates in the upcoming elections for the Arkansas gubernatorial and US Senate elections: U. S. Senator Mark Pryor, and Congressman Tom Cotton, Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross will compete in the "Politically Correct Watermelon Eating Championship of the World" in Hope, AR on Saturday.
Footage from a steak eating contest held at the Magnolia Blossom Festival in Magnolia, AR will appear in the debut episode of “Eating America with Anthony Anderson” on the Food Network on Monday at 9 pm eastern.
Jimmy Dykes, who has served as a reporter in broadcasts of the Nathan's hot dog eating finals on ESPN, has been named head women's basketball coach at the University of Arkansas. picks up parody story as factual

update June 24 Huffington Post UK has an article about the parody.

The Mirror has pulled its story without any commentary. The Daily Mail and The Sun have also ran the story and quietly deleted their articles.

The Globe and Mail and MSN ran the story, but have corrected their articles.

Uncorrected articles are still accessible on Examiner Daily Star and . reports that Kevin “The Mighty Rib” Shalin passed into a coma after eating 413 biscuits at Red Lobster. The story originated on Rock City Times, which bills itself as Arkansas 2nd most unreliable news. Kevin Shalin admitted the story was a parody on his facebook.

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A wing eating contest will be held in Batesville, Arkansas on September 8 awarding $500 to the winner. Qualifiers will be held on May 19 and June 9.
ArkansasOnline reports that Jacksonville, AR has cancelled its Wing Ding Festival that was held in early October. The event held an eating contest that was sanctioned by MLE in 2011.

Sonya Thomas wins 2011 Jacksonville, Arkansas Wing Ding

update 6:57 CWArkansas has an article

update The top 4 | #5-#11:
1) Sonya Thomas 4.59 lb in 10 min
2) Adrian Morgan 4.14
3) Aaron Osthoff 3.64
4) Erik Denmark 3.23
5) Nate Biller 2.95
6) Steve Ramirez II Jr. 2.68
7) Chuck Stuart 2.63, 2010 winner
8) Andrew Kogutkiewicz 2.43
9) “Bam” Martinez 2.01
10) Matt Raible 1.72
11) Steve Ramirez 1.08

Sonya Thomas, Erik Denmark, Adrian Morgan and Aaron Osthoff are expected to compete in the wing eating contest.

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Arkansas Online has a preview of Saturday's eating contest at the Jacksonville (AR) Wing Ding focusing on Sonya Thomas and Aaron Osthoff.
The MLE facebook announces that Sonya Thomas, Aaron Osthoff, Adrian Morgan and Nate Biller are expected to compete in Saturday's contest at the Wing Fling in Jacksonville, AR.
Registration for the wing eating contest on October 1 at the Jacksonville, Arkansas Wing Ding will open tomorrow at 1 pm on
The Jacksonville, Arkansas (Little Rock area) Chamber of Commerce announces that Major League Eating will hold an eating contest at the Wing Ding Festival on October 1.
The Wing Ding Festival in Jacksonville, Arkansas (Little Rock area) will award $1000 in its wing eating contest ($600 to the winner) on October 2.

Unnamed woman completes Ed Walker’s 5 pound burger

In A Hamburger Today’s blog entry about the five pound burger at Ed Walker’s Drive-In Restaurant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, commenter BillyBob has the following update

Our waitress said that just a few days ago a woman came in, ate an appetizer, the 5lb burger, the mandatory side plate,(that stuff in the first 20 minutes!!)… then desert, then started eating some of her kids’ food. I’d have been concerned for the kids, themselves, at that point! She might start eating on them next!

A comment on the Man vs. Food message board also says that one of the two finishers was a thin woman

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A Hamburger Today has a blog entry about the 5 pound burger at Ed Walker's Drive-In Restaurant in Fort Smith, billed as the largest burger in Arkansas.

Man vs. Food November 25 (Little Rock, Arkansas) episode links

Travel Channel: episode guide | slideshow

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List of Little Rock eating challenges in the eatfeats database.

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The Arkansas Leader reports that the Wing Ding Festival in Jacksonville, Arkansas is contracting with Major League Eating to sanction a wing eating contest in 2010. This year's festival will have an amateur wing eating contest on October 3.
A thread on the Man vs. Food message board says that the program will be recording at the Mean Pig BBQ in Cabot, Arkansas today.

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Wanko soba contests in Hot Springs and NY


The city of Hanamaki in Iwate Prefecture will host the region’s famous “wanko-soba” noodle-eating competition in two U.S. cities, according to city officials.

In the competition, participants will eat as many bite-size portions of buckwheat noodles in a lacquered bowl as possible in a limited time. A champion from a February competition held in the city finished 225 bowls of noodles in five minutes.

The competition is also popular in the Iwate capital of Morioka.

The city will host the events in the Arkansas city of Hot Springs, a sister city of Hanamaki, on Wednesday, and in New York on Saturday, where the association of Iwate expatriates marked the 10th anniversary.

I have not been able to find any details online about the Arkansas or New York contests.

Hatsuyo Sugawara, the top woman in the recent “Gluttonous King” contest, won the February contest


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