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World Tamale Eating Championship contestants
Reigning Champion Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan will attempt to defend his title in the 13th annual World Tamale Eating Championship, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, during the Western Days festival in historic Old Town Lewisville. Tamales are being provided by event sponsor Market Street.
The event, organized by the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and officially sanctioned by Major League Eating, will start at 1 p.m. on the front steps of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street.
Morgan won this event last year by eating 63 tamales in 12 minutes. He will be challenged by several other eaters currently ranked in the MLE top 50, including the highest-ranked woman, 2015 tamale champion Miki Sudo. Other top eating talent in this year’s field are #4 Geoffrey Esper and #6 Gideon Oji. Lewisville’s Clint Grose returns this year to seek an against-all-odds victory against these top eaters.
The current world record was established by Joey “Jaws” Chestnut at this event in 2012 when he downed 102 tamales in 12 minutes.
Lewisville’s Western Days festival offers two days of great family fun, including main stage headliners Turnpike Troubadours on Friday and Randy Rogers Band on Saturday; and evening shows by Carolyn Wonderland both nights inside the MCL Grand art center.
This year’s Western Days event will include an expanded Western Village featuring the Tribal Traditions Dance Troupe, the Kid Kountry Playground presented by Castle Hills, a mechanical bull, a working blacksmith, Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Cattle Drive Parade, Castle Hills Culinary Corner, an art gallery exhibit at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, and many more exciting, family-friendly activities.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Attendees will need to present their ticket at the gate for free admission between the hours of 5-7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. However, beginning at 7 p.m. both nights, free tickets will no longer be redeemable, and a $10 charge will be assessed for admission for everyone except children under 10.
Festival-goers are encouraged to use the free shuttle service to access the festival grounds.Shuttle hubs will be set up at:
- DCTA Old Town Station, 617 E. Main Street
- DCTA Hebron Station, 952 Lakeside Circle
- Parking lot at the Lowe’s/Kohl’s/Staples shopping center at 1001 Valley Ridge Boulevard
Shuttle times are 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday. Shuttles will run every 10-15 minutes. While this is a pet-friendly event, pets and weapons will not be allowed on shuttle buses per bus company policy. Limited public parking will be available in various lots around Old Town.
Sponsors for Western Days 2017 include City of Lewisville, Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Waste Management, Republic Services, 99.5 The Wolf, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Orthofix, Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville, Market Street, Prime Controls, Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C and Heating, The Apparel Group, Castle Hills, Frost Bank, Witherspoon Distillery, Hampton Inn and Suites Lewisville, CoServ, Bubbl Frisco, Johnson Feed Company, Denton County Transportation Authority, Texas New Mexico Power, Gilley’s, Blackall Photography, Kris T’s tees, Cavalli Pizza, and Prohibition Chicken.
For the latest information on Western Days 2017, please visit LewisvilleWesternDays.com.
Past Champions – World Tamale Eating Championship
2005 – Levi Oliver, Austin, TX
2006 – Tim “Eater X” Janus, New York City, NY
2007 – Tim “Eater X” Janus, New York City, NY
2008 – Patrick Vandam, Eagan, MN
2009 – Juliet Lee, Germantown, MD
2010 – Tim “Eater X” Janus, New York City, NY
2011 – Tim “Eater X” Janus, New York City, NY
2012 – Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, San Jose, Calif.
2013 – Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, San Jose, Calif.
2014 – Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, San Jose, Calif.
2015 – Miki Sudo, Las Vegas, NV
2016 – Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan, New Orleans, LA