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By: Josh Lew on July 3, 2014, 2:21 p.m.
Champion Martin Clare (center) at World Pie Eating Contest

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World Pie Eating Championships

The World Pie Eating Championship is held annually at Harry's Bar in Wigan, a suburb of Manchester, England. This event, where competitors eat meat-and-potato pies, a staple of English cuisine, has been held annually since 1992.

In the early years, contestants tried to eat as many 5-inch diameter pies as they could in three minutes. The championship diverted from the usual eating competition format in 2006. Since then, it has become a speed-eating event. The winner is the person who can eat a single pie in the fastest amount of time. The current record is 23.5 seconds.