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Event review: Ultimate Fair Food Feast-Off
I wasn't a contestant at the Ultimate Fair Food Feast-Off.
If I was, my stategy would have been thus: Eat until everyone else stops.
While the competition was based on who could get through the food (nine fair staples, from giant corn-dogs to cotton candy and a cinnamon roll) fastest, it was clear pretty quick that this was gonna be a last man standing kind of deal.
Case in point, Danielle Rondero, who called it quits after round one. To be fair starting with cotton candy was kind of mean. That much sugar ...
Then, there was Drew Dorroh, a Fresno State student from Sonora. The kid came to play. Less than 10 minutes in and he'd gobbled his way through four rounds of food (the cotton candy, then a corn dog, fried artichoke hearts and a barbecued turkey leg). Then he finshed an Orange Julius in one minute-long gulp. Then he burped some, shook off the nausea and started in on the Sonoran Hot Dog (bacon-wrapped and covered in cheese and jalapeno sauce).
Here is where the cracks began to show. He finished the dog, but it wasn't without some real effort and when he got up from his chair to "walk it off" everyone knew what was coming up next (pun very much intended).
So he pukes, and that's that. We're down to three and no one can get that image from their heads.
From there it was just a question of who could last the longest. The urgency of the whole thing was gone. As long as one of the three could get one bite into the Indian Bread taco, they'd win. That's pretty much what happened. Richard Franco took his first bite and the rest of the competition called "Uncle."
So, no one made it through the full nine rounds (there was still a deep-fried Twinkie and a cinnamon roll).
Then again, no one died afterward.