Top Competitive Eaters Contend in Pepperoni Roll Eating Contest in Fairmont


Contestants from all over the nation gathered in Fairmont on Saturday for the 3rd Annual West Virginia Three Rivers Festival Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championship.

Among the competitors were the top three eaters in the world, including the number one eater, Joey Chestnut.

Thirteen competitors took the stage to see who could eat the most for the win.

Chestnut took first eating 28 pepperoni rolls. Rookie Miki Sudo took second eating 27 and a half.

"I came out here and was barely able to win today, Miki Sudo did 27 and a half and I was able to pull it off with 28.  I'm definitely coming back next year, I need to break the record," said Chestnut.

Rounding out spot number 13 was a contestant picked at random, the Three Rivers Festival Queen's father, Moose.

"I was looking that way and discovered I didn't stand a chance. I've seen Joey Chestnut on TV before, and thought this is great, I'm on stage with the number one eater in the world," said Moose Haislop, a Parkersburg resident.

"Diamond" Dave Keating served as the emcee for the event, he's around competitive eating all the time, and said this competition had an impressive amount of talent.

"I've been with Major League Eating for a number of years, and the level of talent at this event was top notch," said Keating, an emcee for Major League Eating.

Even though pepperoni rolls are hard to enjoy when they're eaten so fast, Chestnut said he would love to eat them in his off time.

"I like the pepperoni roll. If I was sitting down on the sofa watching a football game or something I'd go through about 10 of them for fun," said Chestnut.

Chestnut said he'll train and be back again next year to try to beat the record of 33 pepperoni rolls.

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