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Eating Contests



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

Eating Contests

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!

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