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Berkeley Youth Fair offers eating competition

August 09, 2000

Berkeley Youth Fair offers eating competition



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The world, it is said, can be divided into two types of people - those who see the doughnut and those who see the hole.

There was a whole lot of seeing the doughnut Wednesday night at the Berkeley County Youth Fair.

Young people in two age groups competed to see how fast they could eat a set amount of doughnuts. The dough to the winner was $15 for first place, $10 for second and $5 for third.

The champion chopper for the 8-13 year-olds was the youngest, 9-year-old Trent Starner of Martinsburg, who appeared to be the least hefty, weighing in at 73 pounds.

He took the figurative blue ribbon by forcing down three Blue Ribbon doughnuts in about 1:45.

"I just chew 'em up," explained the champ of his technique.

Jeremy Van Dyne, 13, used the policy, "little bites at a time" to finish second among the 13 competitors. Alyse Custer, 11 of Berkeley County, finished third.

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In the age group over 13, Devin McDonald, 15, Martinsburg, raised his arms in triumph, after claiming his second doughnut-eating championship in a time of 2:07. He did not say if it was his personal best to wolf down four doughnuts.

"I just chew and swallow," McDonald said, echoing Starner.

It may sound easy, but the chore was complicated this time because contestants couldn't use milk to wash down the glazed globs of dough.

The event could have been filmed for a "Got Milk?" commercial, because the doughnuts got real thick, real quick.

"You should have seen the pictures of me last year," McDonald said. "I was covered with milk from head to toe."

Justin Roxbury, 14, Hedgesville, used his motto, "take your time and do it right" for a second-place finish. He could be excused for not winning - he'd just polished off a barbecue chicken dinner.

As with many contestants who find winning more difficult as they age, Raymond Weber, 14, Martinsburg, finished third after wearing the crown three times in the junior division.

The sticky contest inside matched the sticky weather outside, which threatened much of the day. But it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of fairgoers, who were turning out in good numbers.

"I'd say we're a little bit down from last year, but not by much," said Carolyn Bohrer, treasurer of the Berkeley County Youth Fair.

On the biggest night last year - the biggest night ever for the fair - about 5,000 people paid to get in to Harry Shelley Park.

The fair runs though Saturday night.

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