Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Get me a Bucket: Krystal Square Off Comes to State Fair Sept. 19

Posted by on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 6:54 AM

As if the first five rounds of competitive Krystal-cramming weren't enough, the sport of gluttons returns for a sixth round, stopping off at the Tennessee State Fair on Sept. 19.

Five lucky amateurs will be chosen to compete against 14th-ranked eater in the world, Crazy Legs Conti, in the event emceed by Chairman of Major League Eating George Shea. The winner of the Nashville qualifying round will earn one of 12 seats at the Krystal Square Off VI World Hamburger Eating Championship in Chattanooga on Sept. 27, where contestants will battle it out for $50,000. Digestive juggernaut Joey Chestnut--the No. 1-ranked competitive eater in the world, who ingested a record 103 Krystals in eight minutes--receives an automatic seat in the final chowdown.

If you think you've got the cojones or the insulin-producing wherewithal to compete, registration begins at 1 p.m. at Gate 1 at the fairgrounds (2368 Bransford Ave.). It's free to compete after you've paid admission to the fair. If you think you've got the stomach to watch, the gun goes off at 2 p.m.

This year marks a revolution in the sport, with the implementation of a no-dunking policy and Big Angus bonus points (1 Big Angus= 5 Krystals).* Other than that, it's business as usual, with contestants battling it out to consume the most burgers eight minutes.

* Approximate calorie count per regulation Krystal is 130, Big Angus Burger is 400. I'm no competitive eater, but I can do the math: Eat those Big Angus Burgers!

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