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Cooked on site slugburgers will be available for purchase during this weekend’s 30th Annual Slugburger Festival. / Photo Courtesy of Main Street Corinth
Cooked on site slugburgers will be available for purchase during this weekend’s 30th Annual Slugburger Festival. / Photo Courtesy of Main Street Corinth
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The ultimate Corinth delicacy will be honored and devoured by many this weekend.

Main Street Corinth will present the 30th Annual Slugburger Festival on the grounds of the Historic Corinth Depot on Friday and Saturday.

“The weekend is full of great fun in downtown,” said Main Street Corinth Director Angela Avent. “We have entertainment, carnival rides, a eating contest, a pageant and, of course, slugburgers will be cooked fresh and ready for festival attendees to enjoy.”

The essential summer festival kicked off Thursday night and continues through Saturday night with nonstop slate of events.

Friday’s entertainment lineup includes Cary Hudson and George McConnell at 7 p.m. and Mustache Band at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $8.

On Saturday night, the entertainment includes Tate Moore at 7:30 p.m. and 1-900 Band at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Gates open each night at 5:30 p.m.

The main entertainment area will be setup in the C.A.R.E. Honor Garden and Depot Complex at 221 North Fillmore Street in front of the Crossroads Museum.

The entertainment area will include fresh slugburgers cooked on site, food concessions from Rolling Rumps BBQ, Tab & JoAnne’s Concessions and Old Southern Gourmet. Beer garden arm bands and festival t-shirts will also be available for sale.

The Midway carnival will open on Friday at 4 p.m. and will be situated around the clock parking lot at the corner of Fillmore and Cruise streets. The Midway is set to open at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Prices are $20 arm bands for unlimited rides or $1 per ticket.

The Midway will also feature several food vendors serving traditional fair food.

The Miss Slugburger Festival Pageant is set to take place Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Corinth Coliseum on Taylor Street. Admission is $5.

Also taking place Saturday is the 6th Annual World Slugburger Eating Championship.

Set for 4 p.m. in the entertainment area at the depot, more than eight Major League Eating participates are set to down as many slugburgers as possible during the 10-minute competition.

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

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.

Chestnut also won the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest held in New York City earlier this month. He downed 72 hot dogs in that contest to break another world record.

The weekend’s festival schedule includes:

• Friday

Midway carnival; Clock parking lot; 4 p.m..; $20 armband

Entertainment area opens; Corinth Depot; 5:30 p.m.; $8 admission

Cary Hudson and George McConnell; 7 p.m.

Mustache Band; 8:30 p.m.

• Saturday

Miss Slugburger Festival Pageant; Corinth Coliseum; 10 a.m.; $5 admission

World Slugburger Eating Championship; Corinth Depot; 4 p.m.; free admission

Midway carnival; Noon; $20 armband

Entertainment area opens; Corinth Depot; 5:30 p.m.; $10 admission

Tate Moore; 7:30 p.m.

1-900 Band; 9:30 p.m.
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