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9 unbelievable eating contests

By: Josh Lew on July 3, 2014, 2:21 p.m.
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World Hands-Free Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship

Quite a bit messier than the World Pie Eating Championships, the World Hands-Free Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship is held each September at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, New York. Contestants have 10 minutes to put away as many slices of pumpkin pie as they can.

There is an element of skill and technique to the proceedings, because, unlike other eating contests, the use of hands is not allowed. The current record is 40 slices in 10 minutes, though a new record has been set each of the five years that the championship has been contested.