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Jalapeno-eating contest in Indian Lake

Marty’s Chili Nights will be hosting the 7th Annual Jalapeno-Eating Contest on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. in Indian Lake.

This year’s contest will be expanded to include three categories: Youth (age 17 and younger), Men and Women. The addition of a “Best Dressed” award will be presented to the person wearing the best chili pepper themed outfit and will be chosen by the loudest applause from the audience.

Contestants who can eat the most pickled jalapenos within one minute will win in their category. The winner receives a trophy and gift certificate for dinner at the restaurant. Anyone interested in participating should register prior to the contest by contacting the restaurant at (518) 648-5832 or for further information, please visit the restaurant website chilinights.com.

2006 was the first year the contest was held and Arthur Sabourin reined as “king” until 2009, when Jamie Mitchell devoured an unheard of 12 jalapenos. Last year Bob Spetla feasted on 16 jalapenos, taking over the title from Mitchell. The Women’s category began in 2011 with Jeanette Ward as the first to win with a total of nine jalapenos to her credit. Each year the jalapenos vary in size and contestants have eaten anywhere from five to 19 jalapenos.

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