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Pepper Fest eating contests: 'Swallow, don't chew'

The team from Mudds ‘N Sudds won the 2013 Pepper Eating Championship. The team members and their times were, from left, Marc Zappa, .15; Tom Robinson, .21; Lon Gilbertson, .17; Steve Kapaun, .15; and Kevin Kapaun, .14. The total winning time was 1:26.47. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)1 / 4
Veteran pepper-eater Roger Norelius, left, cheers on his son James in the pepper-eating contest. James had a better time than his dad, finishing off the pound of peppers in just under 15 seconds. Roger's time was 23 seconds. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)2 / 4
The championship spaghetti-eating team, sponsored by Kozy Korner, was comprised of, from left, Nick Dahm, Cale Dahm, Aston Hannack, Andrew Ohrt and Phil Norell. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)3 / 4
Nick Dahm is cheered on by teammates Cale Dahm, Aston Hannack, Andrew Ohrt and Phil Norell in the Championship Spaghetti Eating Contest.4 / 4

Eating is one of the big features of Pepper Fest whether you are stopping by for your own meal or one of those who rise to the challenge of participating in one of three eating contests.

This year the Royal Spaghetti Eating Contest drew over 20 teams including our own Hudson and North Hudson royalty. The team member’s challenge is to consume one-half pound of cooked spaghetti noodles as fast possible.

You can doctor them up with sauce or water if that helps. You can stand on a milk carton if the table is too tall.  However, you must finish your “plate” within two minutes or you will receive a 30-second penalty.

The winner of the Royal Spaghetti Eating Contest was Hudson Royalty with a total time of 3.99 minutes. Team members and their timeswere Josie Gall, 1:92; Emily Holman, 1:15; Chelsea Bates, .40 and Bethany Klanderman, .52.

Championship Spaghetti Eating Contest

Four teams of five participated in the open Championship Spaghetti eaching contest. Each team member had to consume a pound of cooked spaghetti. First place went a team sponsored by Kozy Korner. The team members and their times were Nick Dahm, 1.59; Cale Dahm, 1.54; Aston Hannack, 1.53; Andrew Ohrt, 1.30; and Phil Norell, 1.31.

Championship Pepper Eating Contest

Three brave teams volunteered for the pepper-eating challenge. Each team member had to eat a pound of  cooked hot peppers. Rumors on the grounds were that the peppers were hotter than usual this year.

First place went to Mudds ‘N Sudds, comprised of Marc Zappa, .15; Tom Robinson, .21; Lon Gilbertson, .17; Steve Kapaun, .15; and Kevin Kapaun, .14. The total winning time was 1:26.47.

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