Joey Chestnut is coming to Iowa to take on loose meat sandwiches
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Iowans can compete this summer against the top competitive eaters in the world in Ottumwa.
Major League Eating has announced the return of its Second-Annual Canteen Sandwich-Eating Competition at 1 p.m. on June 1.
The event is open to the public and will take place outside Canteen Lunch in the Alley, located at 112 Second St. East in Ottumwa.
The number one-ranked competitive eater in the world, Joey Chestnut — among other top competitors — will unite in Ottumwa to determine who can eat the most signature Canteen loose-meat sandwiches in 10 minutes.
Chestnut has been competing in the eating contest circuit since 2007 and currently holds the world record with 72 hot dogs consumed in 10 minutes.
At last year’s inaugural championship, No. 6-ranked Gideon Oji from Morrow, Georgia, added to his portfolio of world records by eating 18.5 Canteen Sandwiches in 10 minutes to set the benchmark in the discipline
Oji is expected to defend his title this year against a host of top eaters.
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If you think you have what it takes to challenge this lineup of world champion eaters, registration is still open at majorleagueeating.com.
The total purse for the contest is $4,000, with $2,000 going to the winner, $1,000 to second place, $600 to third, $300 to fourth and $100 to fifth.
Canteen Lunch in the Alley is a five-stool restaurant serving loose-meat sandwiches and homemade pies that opened in 1927. Since then, the eatery located in a historic building on an alley lot has become a fixture of the town, drawing visitors from all over Iowa and beyond.