La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest
Competitive Eating Illinois

La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Whew! I am EXHAUSTED! Well, actually I am semi-well rested now that I finally got a full night’s sleep (and accidentally overslept on my alarm for about an hour this morning…oops)! More about my crazy road trip to Krystals later this week, for now let’s catch up on another competitive eating event – the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest!

This year’s contest was crazy! It was a pretty decent-sized crowd and there were lots of great posters cheering on the favorites. The contest was exhilarating…so fast pace as competitors stuffed their mouths with the big green peppers. I don’t know how they did it! I am not a spicy-girl so I certainly wouldn’t have gotten far at all! In the end, as the tallying of totals began there was a buzz in the crowd. It seemed as if first place was a tie.

Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti (the number two ranked eater in the world) was the defending champion and Sonya “the Black Widow” Thomas was out for a win — so there was much tension when they announced there would be a one-minute overtime battle. More plates of peppers were placed in front of them and the eat-off began! It looked close, but Sonya’s technique seemed to be dead-on. She managed to shovel more into her mouth, and in the end was declared the winner!

It was a crazy day! They handed out medals and bottles of Pepto Bismol to the winners. I loved the Pepto Bismol. Awesome.

Sonya Thomas poster at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Jalapenos on the table at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Badlands Booker performs at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Tim Gravy Brown at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Sonya Thomas at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Pat Bertoletti at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Sonya Thomas at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Pat Deep Dish Bertoletti at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Erik the Red Denmark at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Pouring chocolate milk at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Badlands Booker at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Eat off between Sonya Thomas and Part Bertoletti at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Awaiting results at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Sonya Thomas wins the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

Pat and Sonya hug at the La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest

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Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.