Strawberry festival to seek corndog-eating champ
PLANT CITY - Move over shortcake. There's going to be a new eating contest at the Florida Strawberry Festival. The festival and a vendor have announced plans for a corndog eating contest. The winner is the contestant who downs the most mega corndogs in a specified period of time. The festival is still "everything about strawberries," General Manager Paul Davis said.But "this is a fair and we want to pay tribute to fair food." The details of the contest weren't immediately available but will be posted soon on the festival's website, www.flstrawberryfestival.com. The contestants will down corndogs that are about 16 to 24 inches long prepared by Super Dog, which will operate two vendor trailers on the festival grounds. The winner takes away a trophy - and bragging rights. The contest will be 1 p.m. March 9 at the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the contestants. The corndog feast won't replace the shortcake eating contest, which St. Clement Catholic Church has staged for about 30 years. That contest is 3 p.m. March 10, also at the Stingray Chevrolet tent. Participants have 10 minutes to consume 4 pounds of strawberry shortcake, complete with whipped cream. Other new festival contests include a Celebrity Dessert Challenge, 1 p.m. March 3, and a strawberry stemming contest for youngsters, 2 p.m. March 5. Both competitions will be in the Stingray tent. The festival is March 3 to 13.