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Eating competition brings 
champions to festival
by Zack Steen
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Major League Eating emcee Sam Barcla congratulates Joey Chestnut, the 2016 World Slugburger Eating Champion. Chestnut won last year's contest by eating 41 dressed slugburgers during the 10-minute competition.  / Photo courtesy of Main Street Corinth
Major League Eating emcee Sam Barcla congratulates Joey Chestnut, the 2016 World Slugburger Eating Champion. Chestnut won last year's contest by eating 41 dressed slugburgers during the 10-minute competition. / Photo courtesy of Main Street Corinth
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The world’s greatest competitive eaters will once again converge on Corinth’s Slugburger Festival in two weeks.

The 6th Annual World Slugburger Eating Championship will return as a highlight to the 30th Annual Main Street Corinth Slugburger Festival. More than eight Major League Eating participates are set to down as many slugburgers as possible during the 10-minute competition set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 15 at the Corinth Depot.

This year’s event will feature a face-off between the top two top ranked eaters in the world, Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie.

“We are excited to have the annual Slugburger Eating Championship return to downtown Corinth this year,” said Main Street Corinth Volunteer Taylor Coombs. “We welcome each of the eaters and look forward to hopefully setting a new world record as Matt and Joey ‘slug it out’ in this battle between the two top competitive eaters in the world.”

Chestnut won last year’s competition by devouring 41 slugburgers to claim his second consecutive World Slugburger Eating Championship. Chestnut’s 41 fell two short of the world record set by Stonie in 2014.

Competition slugburgers are prepared and served the original way – as a deep-fried patty made from a mixture of meat, soy and spices served on a hamburger bun with mustard, pickles and onion. Eaters are cheered on by the crowd and Major League Eating emcee Sam Barcla.

“The world slugburger-eating record, as of this moment, stands at 43 slugburgers in 10 minutes,” said Barclay. “I firmly expect that record to be broken at this year’s championship in Corinth, the spiritual home of slugburger eating and the epicenter of the slugburger-driven lifestyle."

Other MLE competitors slated to attend include World #5 Geoffrey Esper from Oxford, Mass.; World #16 Badlands Booker from Selden, N.Y.; World #21 Matt Cohen from Maryville, Tenn.; World #26 Nathan Biller from Keller, Texas; World #36 Matthew Raible of Edwards, Ill.; and World #37 William Myers from Allentown, Pa.

Many of eaters including Chestnut and Stonie will also chow down at the July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Championship in Coney Island, N.Y. The competition will take place 11 days prior to the Corinth contest.

In addition to bragging rights, competitors will be vying for a $3,000 cash purse.

The eating contest joins a full schedule of events during the annual summer outing.

The three-day festival set for July 13-15 will also include entertainment, food, amusement rides and a pageant to crown Miss Slugburger.

(For more information, search Slugburger Festival on Facebook, visit slugburgerfestival.com or contact Main Street Corinth Director Angela Avent at 662-665-1600.)

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