MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- "It's easy. Just swallow."
Chad Starner's advice for winning the ice cream eating contest title at the Berkeley County Youth Fair seems simple enough.
Avoiding the physical discomfort that comes with gulping a pint of vanilla ice cream is another test altogether.
"The last bite didn't go down very well," the 17-year-old Hedgesville teen said moments after beating more than a dozen other contestants in the senior division of the annual contest.
While some scooped the ice cream from Styrofoam bowls with their fingers or actually used a plastic spoon provided, Starner peeled away the insulation and held the frozen treat with both hands and ate it like an apple in large bites as a small cheering section urged some to "shove it in there."
Finishing second and third were Joseph Collis and William Randolph. The top three finishers received a cash prize in junior (age 14 and younger) and senior (age 15 to 21) divisions. All contestants had to be fair exhibitors.