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Feeling the heat at Pepper Fest

Pepper Fest 2013 King Arlen Wente polishes off the last of his one pound of peppers in the pepper eating contest on Saturday. Wente’s team The Village Inn won the competition, with all five members finishing their peppers with a total time of less than 2 minutes. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 5
Grand Marshal Wanda Plourde waves to the crowd during the Pepper Fest parade. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 5
Members of the 2017 Pepper Fest Royalty hop off their float to greet the 2018 royalty during the parade on Saturday. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 5
Pepper Fest 2018 Queen Anna Thielke is up in the air with the St. Paul Bouncing team during the parade on Saturday, Aug. 18. Pepper Fest filled the weekend with fun and food. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 5
Dianne and Steve Sparstad make their way along the parade route on Saturday during Pepper Fest. The Sparstads were joined in the parade by their children Brian, Sarah, Matthew and Paul. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 5

North Hudson celebrated the annual Pepper Fest over the weekend.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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