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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)

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

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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.

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