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New world record to be set at World Tamale Eating Championship

Post Date:July 20, 2018 8:30 AM
A new world record will be set at the 14th annual World Tamale Eating Championship sponsored by Market Street, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, during the Western Days festival in Old Town Lewisville.

This year’s Championship will be contested over 10 minutes for the first time ever. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut of San Jose, California set the 12-minute tamale-eating world record at this event in 2012 by downing 102 tamales. That record will stand for all time.

Registration for this event, organized by the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and officially sanctioned by Major League Eating, opens at noon on Wednesday, July 25. Registration is being conducted online at A total purse of $3,500 will be paid out to the top six finishers.

MLE is the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, conducting more than 70 events annually including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY. The competitive eating community, which numbers more than 3,000 veteran and rookie athletes, travels the nation in search of top titles and the glory that they provide.

Western Days 2018 will be held Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29, in and around Wayne Ferguson Plaza in Old Town Lewisville. This family-friendly event will feature an expanded Western Village, 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 activities.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Free tickets will be available for pick-up or download on a future date. Download or print as many as needed and present them 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.