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Anyone fancy a burger?

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted July 18, 2012
Badlands Booker does a monster burger!
Feeling peckish? Badlands Booker shows 'em how it's done. (Check bottom for credit)

If you're still stuffed from Nathan's, don't worry. You've got just over a month until the National Hamburger-Eating Championship to get your innards working again.


This coming August 19 will see the US National Hamburger-Eating Championship taking place at the Seventh Annual National Hamburger Festival in Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron, Ohio, US of A.

According to Major League Eating (MLE), there's a total prize pool of $1,500 up for grabs, of which half will go to the winner.

Registration for the 10-minute, all-you-can-eat gobathon will open at 12.00 Eastern Time tomorrow (Thursday, July 19), with MLE reporting that the National Hamburger-Eating Championship is open to both "well-seasoned Major League Eaters and brave local contestants alike"1.

Which kinda rules me out, I guess.

Not that I couldn't do with a bit of wedge right now.

Mind you, I'd just spend it on kebabs probably.

Or liver.

Or both.


BURGER ME!
Anyway, the two-day National Hamburger Festival will kick off on Saturday, August 18 and looks set to be a right stonker, provided you like burgers of course.

"More than 140,000 hamburger fans have enjoyed family fun, great entertainment and one of the largest assortments of hamburgers ever assembled in one place," MLE says of the festival, adding that more than "20 different eateries will be serving 50 different styles of burgers".

And what's more, the whole shebang, itself the brainchild of Drew Cerza, president and CEO of Noi Yoik-based Just Wing It Productions and founder of both the National Chicken Wing Festival and the Road to Buffalo Tour, is also mighty fine in terms of good causes, each year raising money for the Akron Children’s Hospital.

So what are you waiting for (other than the registration to open)?

Sign up and get stuck in.

For more info, including details of the National Hamburger Festival Queen Pageant, give this click and then click this as well.

Right, gotta go.

The kebab van's just pulled up.


Footnotes

1) "All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and fully acknowledge and understand the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest," MLE says. For more legal stuff like this, click here.


Photo credit

Top and thumb: Eric 'Badlands' Booker with a proper-sized burger by Jhat.

For licensing information click the above link.



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