The annual UK Sweetcorn Eating Championships took place at York Maze this Saturday. After a series of heats, the finalists lined up behind their pile of corn on the cobs.
What followed was twelve minutes of feverish, high-intensity chomping - but there could only be one winner. 28-year-old Scott Powell from Castleford emerged as champion, consuming 10 cobs in the allotted time. He failed to break the world record and win £1000, but did walk away with the winner’s trophy and a cash prize of £100.
Following his victory Scott Powell said:
“I’m delighted to win but after that I don’t think I’ll be eating corn on the cob for a while. To be honest I prefer sweetcorn, I find corn on the cob gets stuck in your teeth! However I may well enter again next year.”
“As the UK’s biggest maze made out of maize plants, also know as corn, its fitting that we should host the UK Sweetcorn Eating championships. We saw some impressive corn action with a variety of techniques on display. However despite some valiant efforts it appears there was no danger of the world record being broken. American Jammin’ Joe LaRue's record of 46 ears of corn set in 2010 still stands.”
The UK Sweetcorn Eating championship was held as part of York Maze’s annual Sweetcorn Festival. Children were also challenged to eat a single corn-on-the-cob in the fastest time. There was live music and the opportunity to eat corn cooked in various ways.
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Corn-on-the-cob-consuming contestants have failed to break the sweetcorn eating world record despite their "valiant efforts" in the UK championships.
Scott Powell, 28, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, was crowned corn-eating champion after finishing 10 cobs in 12 minutes at the event at York Maze.
But he could not beat the world record of 46 ears of corn set by American Jammin' Joe LaRue in 2010.
"I'm delighted to win but after that I don't think I'll be eating corn-on-the-cob for a while.
"To be honest I prefer sweetcorn, I find corn on the cob gets stuck in your teeth. However I may well enter again next year."
"We saw some impressive corn action with a variety of techniques on display.
"However, despite some valiant efforts, it appears there was no danger of the world record being broken. American Jammin' Joe LaRue's record of 46 ears of corn set in 2010 still stands."
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It shows a woman who appears to be wearing a flying helmet in the centre of crowds near Greensmith and Thackwray.
"Janet told us that she believes the woman is Amy Johnson, and judging by other pictures we’ve found online, it certainly looks like her.
But we can find no reference to her ever visiting Scarborough, although it looks as though she really drew the crowds! We’d love to know for certain if it is her and, if so, when and why she was here.”
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