World Champion Joey Chestnut will defend his title of Pork Roll-Eating Champion at the third annual River Fest's 2017 Pork Roll Eating Championship, presented by Case's Pork Roll, taking place on Saturday, September 30 at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Last year, Chestnut dropped 43 four-ounce Case's Pork Roll Sandwiches into his famous stomach for the win, setting a new world record in the pork-roll eating discipline. In doing so, he bested his 2015 mark of 32 by a staggering 34 percent.
Chestnut's 2016 haul of 43 was no doubt in answer to impressive newcomer, Carmen Cincotti's total of 40 Case's Pork Roll sandwiches in 10 minutes. Geoffrey Esper continued his impressive 2016 with 31 Case's Pork Roll sandwiches in 10 minutes to finish in third place.
Chestnut will face steep competition this year from other top competitors, including #8-ranked Darron Breeden, VA, #18-ranked Badlands Booker, NY, #22-ranked Dud Light, PA, #27-ranked Kevin Ambs, PA and #29-ranked Crazy Leg Conti, NY.
"This event will stand as one of the greatest battles in pork roll history as Joey Chestnut defends his title against the number-two ranked Carmen Cincotti,: said MLE Chair George Shea. "The Case's pork roll is as elegantly crafted as a poem featuring only the purest and most vital elements -- bun and pork roll -- the essence of a superior meal."
Cincotti, a TCNJ graduate and 94.5 PST's Shinn will attempt to dethrone Chestnut as the Pork Roll Eating Champion of the world. Shinn, a Pork Roll connesiour, is the afternoon show host on 94.5 WPST and can be heard weekdays from 3-7pm.
The contest will begin at 3:00 p.m. and has a total prize purse of $4,000. This Major League Eating sanctioned event will be a 10-minute battle of humans vs. Case's Pork Roll sandwiches.
River Fest, featuring the Case's Pork Roll Eating Championship will take place on Saturday, September 30 from 12-5pm at ARM & HAMMER Park. For tickets and information on the fun and games happening during the festival, visit www.RiverfestNJ.com.
The full list of participants for the Trenton Thunder World Famours Case's Pork Roll Eating Championship are below (Name, Major League Eating Ranking, Hometown):
1. Joey Chestnut, #1, San Jose, CA
2. Carmen Cincotti, #2, Mays Landing, NJ
3. Darron Breeden, #8, Orange, VA
4. Badlands Booker, #18, Selden, NY
5. Dud Light, #22, Phoenixville, PA
6. Kevin Ambs, #27, Lafayette Hill, PA
7. Crazy Legs Conti, #29, NYC
8. Wild Bill Myers, #41, Allentown, PA
9. Michael Deitz, #44, Lebanon, PA
19. Rene Rovta, Basking Ridge, NJ
11. Jack Diamond, Bainbridge, PA
12. Shinn, 94.5 WPST
13. Ukraine Train, Langhorne, PA