North Carolina eating challenges and contests category

Three random eating challenges
72 ounce steak Big Texas Sirloin - defunct Cattleman's Steakhouse and Saloon Durham, NC restuarant closed
pounds CLAWlossal Challenge Hickory Crawdads games Hickory, NC foot-long chili-cheese dog, pub chips, a half-pound burger, a pulled pork sandwich & a corn dog
pizza sandwich The Monster Lakeside Pizza Lake Lure, NC large ham and bacon pizza, topped with a cheese pizza lettuce, tomato, onion, fried chicken strips and ranch dressing in the middle
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The Bailey Farms pepper eating contest at the NC Hot Sauce Festival & Contest will award $1,000 to the winner on September 10 in Oxford, NC.
Fox46.com has a segment about the Puckerbutt Pepper Company, producer of the Carolina Reaper, the record holder for the world's spiciest pepper. The business will be featured on an upcoming episode of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe.
The NC Hot Sauce Contest will hold a pepper eating contest in Oxford, NC on September 11 awarding $1,000 to the winner.
Fayetteville Observer reports that Rustic Burger in Spring Lake, NC will have a 15 pound burger challenge that will award $500 if finished by a single diner in under an hour, $250 if completed by a team of two.
The final two rounds of a pepper eating contest held in 2019 in Fort Mill, SC featured in an episode of Netflix' "We Are the Champions" can be viewed on youtube. The competitors are Dustin "Atomik Menace" Jonhson, Bella 'Heat 101" and Sid "Chilli Sid" Barber.
GetReading.co.uk has an article about Sid Barber, known as "Chilli Sid", competing in the 2019 pepper eating contest held in Fort Mill, SC that was the focus of an episode of Netflix' "We are the Champions" series. She has uploaded a full video of that competition.
"We are the Champions", a series about unconventional competitions produced by Rainn Wilson, can now be viewed on Netflix. One of the episodes is about a pepper eating contest held in Fort Mill, SC in August 2019.
One of the episodes of Netflix' new series "We Are the Champions" will feature a Carolina Reaper pepper eating contest held at For Mill, SC in August 2019.
GastonGazette has an article about Randy Santel attempting the new challenge burger at Bad Daddy's Burger Bar in Gastonia, NC Friday. The crowd for the challenge was the restaurant's largest since February.
SalisburyPost.com has a report on Randy Santel completing the burrito challenge at Go Burrito in Salisbury, NC.
The Carolina Panthers held a bunless hot dog eating contest for team members at Bank of America stadium today. The rookie defensive linemen were victorious.
The New York Times has an article about a paper published in Biology Letters by James Smoliga, a physiologist at High Point University. titled "Modelling the maximal active consumption rate and its plasticity in humans—perspectives from hot dog eating competitions" which claims that the maximum possible total for a human competing in a 10 minute hot dog eating contest is 83 hot dogs. (Science Mag article)
Joey Chestnut will do a meet and greet at the Hooters in Orlando on International Drive on August 22. update The full schedule has been posted: Charlotte Aug 14, Atlanta Aug 15, Baltimore Aug 21, Orlando Aug 22, Newport, KY Aug 29, Arlington, TX Sept 8.
Dustin Johnson won the first prize of $1000 in yesterday's pepper eating contest held in Fort Mill, SC. (video) update Rock Hill Herald has a contest report. Bella Peters was runner up and received a $1000 consolation prize from the sponsor.
A Carolina Reaper pepper eating contest awarding $1000 will be held in Fort Mill, SC Saturday. The competition is expected to draw competitors from around the globe.
Wingstop in Greensboro, NC will hold an Atomic Wing Challenge on March 16 awarding $200 to the winner.
NewsObserver.com reports that Gregory Scott Wilson ate 27 chili dogs in 51 minutes to break a record of 26 set by Jamie "The Bear" McDonald in 2012.
Reflector.com has an interview with Mort Hurst about his decision to not defend his title at the Collard Festival in Ayden, NC. His 2017 victory was his first competition in about 25 years after suffering a stroke in 1991.
Bob Mills Mitsubishi in Jacksonville, NC will hold a hot dog eating contest on July 28 awarding $1000 to the winner.

2018 Hwy 55 Burgers contest

update June 10
Videos: Beard Meats Food | Brandon Clark | Derek Farley | Knee Tree | Knee Tree results
Articles: ABC11 | CBS17 | FoodNewsFeed

update The top 4 have been announced

1st 1m25s $2,500.00 Molly Schuyler Plumas Lake, CA
2nd 1m42s $1,250.00 Pat Bertoletti Chicago, IL
3rd 1m46s $500.00 Dan Kennedy
4th 1m48s $250.00 Bob Shoudt Royersford, PA

Facebook Video of contest. Around minute 23, Leah Shutkever is announced as having finished before Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran and is granted the unofficial title of UK’s best competitive eater.

Brandon Clark and Bob Shoudt did a pre-contest Q & A session.

I think this will be the first matchup of Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran and Leah Shutkever since the UK Battle of Battle Eaters qualifier in 2015.

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Yesterday Yasir Salem was the top fundraiser for the Doughman quadrathlon, the subject of the Durham, NC episode of Man vs. Food. Instead of competing on a four person team, he did all four stages of the race (running, biking, swimming, eating) by himself.
Additional entrants for the Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries World Hamburger Eating Championship at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, NC on June 2 have been announced. The current field is Molly Schuyler, Wayne Algenio, Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran, Leah Shutkever, "Notorious B.O.B" Bob Shoudt, Dan "Killer" Kennedy, Erik "The Electric" Lamkin, Patrick Bertoletti, "Da Garbage Disposal" Brandon Clark, Nathan Figueroa, Alex Thomas, Nick Wehry and Jon Drushel. Spots are still available.
All Pro Eating announced that The Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries World Hamburger Eating Championship will return to Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, NC on June 2. The contest format has been changed to a fixed time of 5:55 and the purse will be $2500/$1250/$500/$250. Beard Meats Food reported that Leah Shutkever had received an invitation in a recent podcast with Wayne Algenio an Darron Breeden. (around 19 minute mark)
Chronic Tacos will hold a taco eating contest in Raleigh, NC on March 24 as part of its grand opening celebration. "Wee Man" of Jackass is expected to attend. (I have not seen anything about the return of the Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge in 2018; the Sabroso Taco Fest website has no mention of an eating contest.)
Daily Advance reports that Bradley Hardison was arrested for allegedly breaking into a Dunkin Donuts in Elizabeth City, NC. He earlier received notoriety for getting arrested for a break-in in Camden, NC after winning a donut eating contest held by police in 2014.
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