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9 unbelievable eating contests

By: Josh Lew on July 3, 2014, 2:21 p.m.
The Pig Trough

Photo: Farrell's

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Farrell's Ice Cream Eating Challenge

For the past five years, the California ice cream parlor chain Farrell's has been holding an event officially dubbed the Splendiferously Superific Summer Spectacular Ice Cream Eating Challenge. The unique thing about this contest is that anyone can qualify. Would-be champions can try to make it to the main event at any of the chain's locations by eating a “qualifying sundae” in the fastest amount of time possible. Qualifiers are invited to the July 20 championship in Brea, California.

The final amateur challenge is a race to see who can finish a six-scoop dessert called the Pig Trough the fastest. The professional division winner has to completely finish a Farrell's Zoo, a sundae so large that two people are needed to carry it to the table.