New Jersey's top competitive eater and number-two-ranked in the world, Carmen Cincotti will seek the 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.
"Due to a personal issue, we've been informed that Joey Chestnut will not be able to defend his title this year," said Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurley. "We apologize to our fans who were looking forward to watching Joey compete this year, however, New Jersey's own Carmen Cincotti appears primed to set a new record."
Last year, Joey 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.
Cincotti totaled 40 Case's Pork Roll sandwiches in the 2016 competition finishing in a close second place and Geoffrey Esper continued his impressive 2016 with 31 Case's Pork Roll sandwiches in 10 minutes to finish in third place.
Cincotti 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.
Cincotti, a TCNJ graduate and 94.5 PST's Shinn will do battle in hopes of being crowned 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, visitwww.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. Carmen Cincotti, #2, Mays Landing, NJ
2. Darron Breeden, #8, Orange, VA
3. Badlands Booker, #18, Selden, NY
4. Dud Light, #22, Phoenixville, PA
5. Kevin Ambs, #27, Lafayette Hill, PA
6. Crazy Legs Conti, #29, NYC
7. Wild Bill Myers, #41, Allentown, PA
8. Michael Deitz, #44, Lebanon, PA
9. Rene Rovtar, Basking Ridge, NJ
10. Jack Diamond, Bainbridge, PA
11. Shinn, 94.5 WPST
12. Ukraine Train, Langhorne, PA
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