Who’s hungry? Memorial Day Weekend is around the corner, and people love to celebrate with some serious eats. But for some gluttonously talented individuals, unless they can consume insane amounts of food at a mindboggling (and stomach-churning) rate, their bellies (and their egos) will remain just that little bit unsatisfied. Luckily, Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to witness a tournament of excess: there are a variety of fun, wacky, and downright weird eating contests to choose from. We’ve rounded up the six eating contests across the country that you won’t want to miss. Dig in!

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - Arlington, TX
Six Flags knows how to serve up a good time, and that goes for eating contests as well! This Memorial Day weekend, the Arlington location for the famous theme park is ready to provide visitors with all the hot dogs they can eat. Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is on hand for a day of dogs and fun. The grand prize? A seat at the biggest eating competition of them all: Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. So swing by and grab your fill of these mouth-watering dogs before they're all gone!
Second Annual Tivoli Fest World Æbleskiver Eating Championship - Elk Horn, IA
Are hot dogs not really your speed? Would you prefer to stuff your face with something a little more interesting than franks? Then you should set your sights on Iowa, home to the Second Annual Tivoli Fest World Æbleskiver Eating Championship. Although only in its second year, this wildly popular eating competition already has a healthy following. The æbleskiver is actually a delectable round puff pancake. Eat the most in eight minutes (current record is set at 87) and you could walk away with $2,000. It's all part of Tivoli Fest, celebrating the union of Danish and American culture that has to be seen to be truly appreciated.
San Pedro Fish Market World Famous Shrimp Eating Championship - San Pedro, CA
When you've got a seemingly endless supply of delicious, fresh seafood, your eating contests are going to look a little different. In San Pedro, citizens come together for the beloved San Pedro Fish Market World Famous Shrimp Eating Championship. You'll get to soak up the sights, sounds, and tastes of this iconic fish market (and enjoy all the fun Memorial Day games, activities, and events). Afterward, settle yourself in for the most intense all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet of your life. Seated aboard the USS Battleship Iowa, contestants consume as many delicious shrimp as quickly as possible. Win or lose, contestants are in for a singular experience (and a whole bunch of shrimp).
Strawberryfest 2018 - Delaplane, VA
Have something of a sweet tooth? Is it just too hot for stuffing your face with food? Think again -- and grab a seat at StrawberryFest 2018. This fun family event in Virginia is a celebration of that delectable fruit -- the strawberry. There are games, prizes, events, and more sweet and savory strawberry dishes than you could ever imagine. But the crowning event of the festival has to be the highly anticipated Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae eating contest. If you've got no fear of brain freeze then this contest is just for you!
Shell Factory's Watermelon Eating Competition - North Fort Myers, FL
Who says an eating contest can't be healthy? Well, most people; but to be fair they probably haven't tried their hand at Shell Factory's Watermelon Eating Competition. Eager competitors come together to test their stomach's limits by consuming as many slices of fresh watermelon as humanly possible. It's not for the delicate stomach, but it's a whole lot of fun (and surprisingly healthy, on the scale of eating contests). Those that would prefer to save room for dinner can enjoy the other Memorial Day fun the event has in store, including contests, free admission to the local park, and a barbecue for all to enjoy.
Tin Roof Hot Chicken Eating Contest - Lexington, KY
If you're going to chow down on hot chicken this Memorial Day Weekend, Kentucky is one of the best places to do it. And if you're already in Kentucky, swing by the Tin Roof and test out the toughness of your taste buds against their popular eating contest. The heat of the savory hot chicken makes this an extra challenging experience for would-be food contest competitors. For those that want the portion size without the pressure, there's an all-you-can-eat buffet and plenty of beer on tap to wash it all down.
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - Arlington, TX
Six Flags knows how to serve up a good time, and that goes for eating contests as well! This Memorial Day weekend, the Arlington location for the famous theme park is ready to provide visitors with all the hot dogs they can eat. Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is on hand for a day of dogs and fun. The grand prize? A seat at the biggest eating competition of them all: Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. So swing by and grab your fill of these mouth-watering dogs before they're all gone!
Nathan's Famous Hot D
Six Flags knows how to serve up a g...
Second Annual Tivoli Fest World Æbleskiver Eating Championship - Elk Horn, IA
Are hot dogs not really your speed? Would you prefer to stuff your face with something a little more interesting than franks? Then you should set your sights on Iowa, home to the Second Annual Tivoli Fest World Æbleskiver Eating Championship. Although only in its second year, this wildly popular eating competition already has a healthy following. The æbleskiver is actually a delectable round puff pancake. Eat the most in eight minutes (current record is set at 87) and you could walk away with $2,000. It's all part of Tivoli Fest, celebrating the union of Danish and American culture that has to be seen to be truly appreciated.
Second Annual Tivoli
Are hot dogs not really your speed?...
San Pedro Fish Market World Famous Shrimp Eating Championship - San Pedro, CA
When you've got a seemingly endless supply of delicious, fresh seafood, your eating contests are going to look a little different. In San Pedro, citizens come together for the beloved San Pedro Fish Market World Famous Shrimp Eating Championship. You'll get to soak up the sights, sounds, and tastes of this iconic fish market (and enjoy all the fun Memorial Day games, activities, and events). Afterward, settle yourself in for the most intense all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet of your life. Seated aboard the USS Battleship Iowa, contestants consume as many delicious shrimp as quickly as possible. Win or lose, contestants are in for a singular experience (and a whole bunch of shrimp).
San Pedro Fish Market
When you've got a seemingly endless...
Strawberryfest 2018 - Delaplane, VA
Have something of a sweet tooth? Is it just too hot for stuffing your face with food? Think again -- and grab a seat at StrawberryFest 2018. This fun family event in Virginia is a celebration of that delectable fruit -- the strawberry. There are games, prizes, events, and more sweet and savory strawberry dishes than you could ever imagine. But the crowning event of the festival has to be the highly anticipated Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae eating contest. If you've got no fear of brain freeze then this contest is just for you!
Strawberryfest 2018 -
Have something of a sweet tooth? Is...
Shell Factory's Watermelon Eating Competition - North Fort Myers, FL
Who says an eating contest can't be healthy? Well, most people; but to be fair they probably haven't tried their hand at Shell Factory's Watermelon Eating Competition. Eager competitors come together to test their stomach's limits by consuming as many slices of fresh watermelon as humanly possible. It's not for the delicate stomach, but it's a whole lot of fun (and surprisingly healthy, on the scale of eating contests). Those that would prefer to save room for dinner can enjoy the other Memorial Day fun the event has in store, including contests, free admission to the local park, and a barbecue for all to enjoy.
Shell Factory's Water
Who says an eating contest can't be...
Tin Roof Hot Chicken Eating Contest - Lexington, KY
If you're going to chow down on hot chicken this Memorial Day Weekend, Kentucky is one of the best places to do it. And if you're already in Kentucky, swing by the Tin Roof and test out the toughness of your taste buds against their popular eating contest. The heat of the savory hot chicken makes this an extra challenging experience for would-be food contest competitors. For those that want the portion size without the pressure, there's an all-you-can-eat buffet and plenty of beer on tap to wash it all down.
Tin Roof Hot Chicken
If you're going to chow down on hot...

 

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