Competitive eating at the Illinois State Fair may sound a little redundant but it will be a new feature at this year’s fair.
And it will have a fair-themed twist – each day’s competition will spotlight a different favorite fair food, from corn dogs and mini-donuts to sweet corn and pork chop sandwiches. Contestants will see who can scarf down the most of that day’s food item in five minutes.
The event will be held each day of the fair at 3:00PM at the Shed,
Visitors to the Illinois State Fair are already known for their ability to consume large amounts of meat and fried food. This year, they can win a prize ribbon for it.
The state fair and The State Journal-Register announced Friday it will host a competitive eating contest each full day of the fair.
The food is an important part of the Illinois State Fair and The State Journal-Register is excited to be part of this contest,” said Bryan Groves, the SJ-R’s vice president of consumer sales and marketing. “This will be a unique way to highlight the traditional fair food and make people aware of all the fantastic food options at the Illinois State Fair.”
Each day’s contest, which will take place at 3 p.m. on the new Rising Star Stage, located across from the Lincoln Stage, will feature three contestants competing to see who can eat the most food in five minutes. Each daily contest will feature a different fair food:
* Aug. 11, watermelon
* Aug. 12, corn dogs
* Aug. 13, cantaloupe
* Aug. 14, mini doughnuts
* Aug. 15, sweet corn, provided by Illinois Specialty Growers Association
* Aug. 17, French fries
* Aug. 19, winning items from the Golden Abe’s Fantastic Food Contest
* Aug. 20, funnel cake
The contest is open to the public and people can sign up for on the state fair’s website. Entrants must be at least 21 years old and must “fully understand and acknowledge the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest,” according to the entry web site.
Photo Credit: Illinois State Fair