Iowa eating challenges and contests category

Three random eating challenges
12 spicy wings Hot Wing Challenge Charlie's Steakhouse Carroll, IA must wait 10 minutes after finishing wings
12 hot wings Devils Wing Challeng Willis' Brewpub & Eatery Decorah, IA no drinks or dipping sauce
tenderloin sandwich Victor's Suckerpunch Victor's Sports Bar Urbandale, IA two pieces of garlic bread, two breaded tenderloins, two 1/3 pound burgers, fours slices of bacon and four slices of ham
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The Des Moines Register has a gallery of the pie eating contest that has been held as an event during the RAGBRAI cross-Iowa bicycle tour. This year's competition was held over video.
The Iowa State Fair announced the cancellation of its 2020 edition today. A Nathan's Famous hot dog eating qualifier had been held at the August event from 2017 to 2019.
The Elk Horn (Iowa) Tivoli Fest that was to have been held May 22-24 has been cancelled. The festival had would have dropped MLE affiliation for its aebleskiver eating contest and been amateur only.
Aaron "A-Train" Osthoff appears in a New York Times article about a signature from Donald Trump on an impeachment report going up for sale at Goldin Auctions. The current price is $17,000.
Donut Boy in Dubuque, IA will hold a donut hole eating contest on February 1 awarding $500 to the winner.
Molly Schuyler finished the Adam Emmenecker sandwich challenge at Jethro's BBQ Steak n' Chop in Ames, Iowa in 3:01 to break her previous chain record of 4:40. (video)
DesMoinesRegister reports Molly Schuyler will attempt the "Adam Emmenecker" sandwich challenge at Jethro's Steak n Chop in Ames, Iowa along with other customers on October 19. $1,000 will be awarded if a challenger defeats Molly Schuyler($5,000 if her record of 4:40 is broken).

2019 Iowa State Fair Nathan’s qualifier

Results from live video

Official results (Des Moines Register gallery)
1 Brett Healey 32.5
2 Derek Hendrickson 28

1 Sophia DeVita 12.5
2 Rene Rovtar 7.5

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Registration is now open for two qualifiers for the 2019-20 Nathan's circuit: July 17 at a Salt Lake Bees game and August 10 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

Joey Chestnut wins Canteen Sandwich contest

Ottumwa Courier has an article

Prizewinners from live video

1) Joey Chestnut 28.5, new record
2) Gideon Oji 19
3) Matt Hazzard 13.5
4) Mike Johnson
5) Melvin Randall / Randolph

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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…)
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