State Fair Meadowlands World Pigs's Feet Eating Championship
Location: East Rutherford, NJ
Winner: Arturo Rios, Jr., Pigs' Feet and Knuckles
Total Prizes: $1250
On June 23, the nation looked to the State Fair Meadowlands at Giants Stadium Fairgrounds for the World Pig's Feet Eating Championship. Some of the best Major League Eaters in the country vied for the title and a new IFOCE record was set.
Arturo Rios, Jr. won the Pigs Feet-Eating Contest at the New Jersey State Fair, beating out Eric Denmark, who took second, Crazy Legs Conti, who placed third, and Pat from Moonachie, who trailed badly and came in fourth.
The event, which featured 11-pound trays of pigs feet and pigs knuckles (boiled and sptitzed with lemon juice), was the first of its kind in eating history and provided Rios with his fist major title.
Pigs' feet proved challenging for these athletes who are used to more palatable disciplines such as Krystal hamburgers, Nathan's hot dogs, and Shoo-fly Pie.
Fairgoers can kick off the summer with over 150 rides and attractions for all ages. The Fair features free nightly entertainment, including magic, daredevils, adorable animals and a comedic hypnotist. This year’s new acts include the Belmont Festival of Magic, the Fearless Flores Thrill Show, the Great American Frontier Show, comedic juggler Dale Jones and Cow Town USA. Returning acts include Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, Commerford’s Educational Petting Zoo and Hypnotist Steve Bayner. Strolling musicians and costumed characters will also provide entertainment throughout the grounds.
Over 75 food vendors will offer an astonishing array of gastronomic treats, including cheese steaks, barbeque, pizza, Greek, Asian and Mexican delicacies, salads, ice cream, funnel cake and of course, cotton candy. This year, the Fair will also offer a Glatt Kosher stand. Fair visitors can work off some calories in the shopping zone, which will feature CDs, DVDs, jewelry, clocks, clothing, arts & crafts, candles and more.
Fairgoers won’t want to miss the spectacular fireworks displays on July 3 and July 4, and the fantastic opening “Dollar Night” on Thursday, June 21 – where everything from parking, to admission, rides and select food items costs a buck each. Monday, June 25 is Carload Night, where everyone who fits in your car can enter for one price of $59.99, and parking is free. For more bargains and promotion days, visit www.njfair.com.
Fair hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to midnight; Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to midnight. Special hours on July 3 and July 4 are from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Please note: On Saturday, July 7, State Fair Meadowlands will be open only to patrons with Live Earth concert tickets. Live Earth concert tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Advance tickets for State Fair Meadowlands are on sale now through June 20 and can be bought online at www.njfair.com or by calling 973-450-1070. Special group packages are also available.