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Pursuit of peppers is hotly contested

February 05, 2006|By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -

Six contestants vied for the prize - $25 and a huge jar of hot sauce - in a hotly contested contest Saturday.

The first hot pepper-eating competition followed Chambersburg's third annual Chili Cook-off at First Lutheran Church. The spicy events were held in conjunction with the fourth annual Ice Fest in downtown Chambersburg.

Giving a thumbs-up sign when he was declared the winner for downing seven green jalapeno peppers in two minutes was Charles Diehl of Chambersburg, who said he "eats hot stuff all the time."

Accompanying Diehl was his 6-year-old son, Bishop, who said he doesn't even like chili, much less hot peppers.

Charles Diehl said he didn't feel "too bad," but that he probably would just eat salad the rest of the day.

He added that Terry Carr's chili, which won first place in the Nonprofessional division, was his favorite.

"It was sweet, with a little bit of kick at the end," he said.

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