The Eating Contests are pretty simple. Eat the most of the given food
in the shortest amount of time and you are the winner! There is just
one catch, whatever you eat has to stay down until AFTER you are
declared the winner.
We have four food groups consisting of watermelon, hot dogs,
cherry pie, and hot peppers. Bottled water will be provided to the contestants
during the contests. Please remember, it is usually very hot on July 4th and
this may affect how well you hold large quantities of food and water. Please
respect your limits! Medical personnel are present during the contests.
We will have two age groups competing. Ages 12 to 16 and also 17 and up. You can
download an entry application below and bring it with you to the festival or we will have applications at the
festival. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their entry form. Only the 17 and up age category is eligible for the Hot Pepper eating contest.
The contest are limited to a specific number of participants so be there early to sign up. The Eating Contests are held at the Rotary Pavilion and the times are listed on the Festival Schedule page.
June 20, 2020
5:00 - 5:30 Watermelon
5:45 - 6:15 Hotdog
6:30 -7:00 Cherry pie
7:15 -7:45 Jalapéna pepper
A very special THANK YOU to former Gastonia City Councilman Walter Kimble and his wife Lori
for sponsoring and promoting the food contests!