UEPa PUTS ON A SHOW IN HAMBURGER EATING CONTEST
Ahh, Hamburg. The site of my very first eating contest two years ago and the impetus for my love of competitive over eating. It's sort of ironic, too, because I always leave Hamburg feeling embarassed and/or angry about my performance.
Today the UEPa converged on Hamburg for its annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival Hamburger Eating Competition. In the end, Ian "The Invader" Hickman would cruise to a victory with 13 hamburgers eaten in 8 minutes. Carey "The Powerhouse" Poehlmann finished second with 9 burgers and buns, and I did my best to shame myself in Hamburg once again with a whopping 5-and-a-half burgers eaten. That's not good. I think I need to starting doing things like "practicing" and "training" in order to get "better." Right now my training consists of "getting hungry," and it ain't really working.
Forgetable performances aside, it was still a fun time and always nice to see the guys. Pete Miernicki made the trip up from Philly to cheer us on and Ian's brother Trey was on hand to videotape the performance. Pictured below is Carey, Brian, me and Ian. Brian, a local eater in his first ever contest, ate 7-and-a-half burgers and is the newest member of the UEPa. Welcome to the club, Brian! Don't forget to pick up your uniform.
A full set of pics can be seen here. Don't miss the shots of Ian's ponytail and the entries from the kid's "Meat Molding Contest" that took place right before the eating showdown. Mmmm...molded meat.
UPDATE: An article about the contest from the Reading Eagle can be seen here. That fish-eyed picture of us is cool.