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Acme Oyster Eating Contest

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Acme Oyster Eating World Championships

The Acme Oyster Eating World Championship is held each summer in New Orleans. The 2014 event was topped by one of the world's most successful female competitive eaters, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, who was able to down 40 dozen oysters in only eight minutes. That’s 480 oysters.

Each year, the winner of the contest receives a cash prize and a heavy championship belt, not unlike the kind a boxer gets for winning a championship bout. Acme, the eatery that puts on the championship each year as part of Oyster Fest, is one of the most famous oyster houses in Louisiana.