1915-1987: speed eating contests

1915-1987: speed eating contests

Categories: Food and Drinks | Sport

In some countries, speed eating is considered a sport. During competitions, participants compete with each other in consuming as much food as possible in the allotted time - usually no more than 15 minutes.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

In the USA, this type of competition has been known for quite a long time, being one of the traditional entertainments at rural fairs. Some organizers of such competitions set cash prizes for the winners, the size of which can reach up to 10 thousand dollars.

There are even several organizations in the world that position themselves as professional federations for high-speed eating - for example, IFOCE (International Federation of High-Speed Eating) and All Pro Eating.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

1915. Watermelon Eating Contest in Cincinnati, State Ohio.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

July 4, 1919. A pie-eating contest as part of the Independence Day celebration.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

1920. Lois and Ruth Waddell ate a total of 204 oysters.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

1922. A donut-eating contest organized by the Salvation Army.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

September 7, 1934. Pie-eating contest at the Chicago World's Fair.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

1939. 12-year-old Joseph Rubolotta became the world champion in eating donuts at a competition in New York.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

November 4, 1948. The girls of Broadway shows compete in a competition for eating spaghetti without hands.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

1948. 6-year-old Richard Baranski enjoys his victory after eating a 10-inch cranberry pie in 15 seconds.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

1950. Watermelon eating contest in Rome, Italy.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

November 29, 1950. The boys practice before a pie-eating contest at the Los Angeles Food Show.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

November 19, 1952. Sausage eating contest in Munich, Germany. The winner (second from left) ate 15 sausages in 1 minute and 45 seconds.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

July 25, 1952. London students are trying to eat suspended potatoes.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

May 13, 1954. Denver patrolman Joe Hale poses with the winners of the pie-eating contest.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

1958. Viewers watch Joe Steele take part in a food eating contest.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

December 5, 1967. A contestant attacks a plate of spaghetti at the Alpino restaurant in London.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

August 22, 1968. 12-year-old Michelle Billingslay during a pie-eating contest in Denver, Colorado.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

August 18, 1976. An elementary school student participates in a pie-eating contest in Denver, Colorado.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

April 20, 1978. Dave Vose grimaces before winning a food eating contest held in memory of the infamous Colorado cannibal Alfred Packer.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

April 13, 1984. Dan Blumstein eats during the Alfred Packer Competition.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

September 20, 1985. Men compete in a rib-eating contest in Denver, Colorado.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

September 2, 1987. A Denver Broncos player participates in a charity rib-eating contest in Denver.

1915-1987: speed eating contests

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