Des Moines eating challenges and contests category

Three random Des Moines eating challenges
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
multi-meat burger The Adam Emmenecker Jethro's BBQ Des Moines, IA contains 2008 MVC MVP favorite foods: tenderloin, burger patty, chicken tender, brisket & bacon
spicy bbq sandwich Showdown Sauce Challenge Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral Johnston, IA $6 fee to attempt challenge, brisket or pork sandwich is covered in spicy showdown sauce
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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.
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.
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.

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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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.
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.

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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The Ames Tribune has an article about how Iowa State quarterbacks are eating more this off season to improve their arm strength. Former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino was recently named offensive coordinator for the Cyclones.
The Des Moines register has an article and video about Molly Schuyler defending her title at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival yesterday. <b>update</b> Molly broke her record for the Emmenecker Challenge at Jethro's today: KCCI | Des Moines Register | video
Molly Schuyler won the eating contest held at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines, IA with a total of 2 pounds in 3.5 minutes.
The Des Moines Register reports that Molly Schuyler broke the record (now 7:08) for the Adam Emmenecker challenge at Jethro's BBQ in Altoona, Iowa today. This was her fourth successful attempt at the sandwich.

Molly Schuyler & Eric Dahl finish 36 inch Randy’s Pizza challenge

The Des Moines Register has an article about Molly Schuyler’s attempt to become a four time finisher of the Adam Emmenecker sandwich challenge at Jethro’s BBQ. This afternoon she finished the challenge in Waukee, IA, but did not break the all-time record. Tonight, Molly will attempt the 36 inch challenge at Randy’s Pizza in Oakdale, MN with Eric Dahl and on Friday she will attempt the Adam Emmenecker at Jethro’s Altoona, Iowa location. The challenge will appear on an ABC5 News segment later today.

update Jan 17 Eric & Molly finished the 36 inch pizza as time expired. They complete the challenge at the 37 minute mark of the uStream video.

ABC5 has a video about Molly Schuyler (thanks for the eatfeats mention) finishing the Emmenecker challenge yesterday and USA Today has an article about her.

update Jan 18 More Molly Schuyler coverage: KCCI | Daily Mail | Des Moines Register video

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Molly Schuyler announces she finished the Adam Emmeneker challenge featured on the Des Moines episode of Man vs. Food. The facebook for Jethro's BBQ says her time of 7:39 was nine seconds off the record.
Andrea Crowley has a report for Drake (University) Magazine about her attempt at the Adam Emmenecker Challenge at Jethro's in Des Moines, Iowa. reports that Robert "RoRo" Rothwell won the eating contest held at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines, denying Manni Balignasay his fifth victory in a row.
The Des Moines Register has an article about Aaron Osthoff, who was named after Hank Aaron.
The Business Record has an article about how sales at the three Des Moines area restaurants featured on Man vs. Food have increased since their television appearance. Jethro's BBQ is selling 50 to 60 Adam Emmeneckers Challenges a day, up from 2 or 3 daily sales earlier in the year.
Adam Emmenecker has a behind the scenes report on the recording of the sandwich challenge bearing his name for the Des Moines episode of Man vs. Food

Man vs. Food October 6, 2010 (Des Moines) episode links

Travel Channel Episode Guide | Gallery

Restaurants article about Randy Santel’s recent trip to Des Moines, where he successfully completed four challenges in a weekend
List of Des Moines eating challenges and contests in the eatfeats database

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The promo clip for next week's Des Moines episode of Man vs. Food contains a segment about the Adam Emmenecker sandwich challenge. Randy Santel was the second person to complete the challenge last weekend.
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