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Contest puts appetite to the test


GOLD BEACH – Smoke Daddy’s will host the first Rib Eating Contest, an all-you-can-eat contest at the Curry County Fair on Saturday, July 30.

The contest, limited to the first 12 contestants, is offering $100 cash to the first place winner. Major eaters are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. The runner-up receives a plaque and hat. 

Registration may be made by email, fax, office visit, or mail with the $35 entry fee accompanying or delivered to the fair soon afterward. An entry form is in the exhibitors handbook that is available at banks and libraries throughout the county as well as at the fair office.



Official rules, by Smoke Daddy:

•Contestants will be given a pre-weighed rack of ribs.  After completing a rack, contestants will be immediately provided with another pre-weighed tray.

•Contestants are required to clean each rib.  Sauce will be available to contestants to use to help the ribs go down.  Bottled water will also be available. However, any contestant caught squirting sauce or water in the eyes of the other contestants will be disqualified and severely “booed.”

•Contestants must observe picnic-style rules.  These rules mean that ribs will be eaten according to tradition and meat should be removed using only teeth, tongue, lips and mouth. No fingers allowed. Should an eater be observed violating picnic-style rules, they will be deemed in performance of a  “picnic profanity” and disqualified. Accidental or incidental separation of meat from the bones will be allowed and may be eaten.

•Contestants who suffer a reversal of fortune and/or a negative swallowing incident will be disqualified (and probably laughed at). Contestants must hold down the meat for a period of two minutes after the contest. 

•The Chipmunking Rule  will be in effect, which means that any meat placed in the eater’s mouth at the  end of the contest must be swallowed within 10 seconds and will be penalized a 1/2 pound of meat. 

•Potty breaks are not allowed. Creative participation is strongly encouraged but good sportsmanship is required. 

•In the event of a tie, the winners or runner-up finishers will be determined by a three minute “Eat Off.”

•All decisions of judges are final. No whining or moaning will be allowed.


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