New York, NY (PRWEB) September 16, 2012
Tim “Eater X” Janus, who holds the title of World Tamale-Eating Champion, and who has won the Lewisville Western Days Festival World Tamale-Eating Championship four times in the event’s seven-year history, will return to Lewisville to defend his crown on Saturday, Sept. 29, during the Lewisville Western Days Festival in Old Town, Lewisville, Texas.
The event, organized by the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and officially sanctioned by Major League Eating, will pay a total purse of $3,500 to the top six finishers. The contest will start at 1 p.m. on the front steps of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street. Registration is being conducted online at http://www.ifoce.com.
Janus, a Southern Methodist University alum living in New York City, is currently ranked 3rd in the world by Major League Eating. He set the current world record when he ate 71 tamales in 12 minutes to win the 2007 title. He also won the World Tamale Eating Championship in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011.
A strong field of challengers stands in his way this year, including the number-seven-ranked Adrian Morgan of Baton Rouge, LA; Yasir Salem of New York City; and “Nasty” Nate Biller of Wichita Falls, TX. Biller has placed among the top-five finishers five times, including a second-place finish in 2009 when he ate 42 tamales. Levi Oliver remains the only Texan to win the world title in tamales, a feat he accomplished in the inaugural event in 2005.
The final field for 2012 also will include a representative from sponsor First Choice Power, raising money for a local charity through a pledge campaign; and the winner of the Lewisville City Employee Championship that will be held the week of the main event.
“The tamales discipline is among the most difficult in the competitive eating world, requiring significant jaw strength and stomach capacity,” said George Shea, Chairman of Major League Eating. “Watching the event is enough to quicken the pulse and lift the heart of any American who has both.”
MLE is the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, conducting more than 70 events annually including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. The competitive eating community, which numbers more than 3,000 veteran and rookie athletes, travels the nation in search of top titles and the glory that they provide.
The World Tamale-Eating Championship is part of a full two-day schedule of activities planned for the Lewisville Western Days Festival, designed to showcase Lewisville’s rich heritage. The festival is free, but a ticket is required. Free tickets are available at the festival website, http://www.LewisvilleWesternDays.com, at Lewisville City Hall, and through entertainment sponsor 99.5 The Wolf. Festival schedule is 7-11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
Sponsors for Western Days 2012 include City of Lewisville, Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, First Choice Power, Castle Hills, Denton County Transportation Authority, Southwest Displays & Events, Gilley’s Dallas, Dat’s Good BBQ, MedFusion, TIAA-CREF, The Apparel Group, Time Warner Cable, Chase, Orthofix, Vinson Process Controls, Ricos Products, Vista Ridge Village Shopping Center, Bud Light and 99.5 The Wolf. Community supporters include Old Town Business Association, Old Town Preservation Society, Lewisville Morning Rotary Club and Greater Lewisville Kiwanis Club.
For the latest information on Western Days 2012, visit http://www.LewisvilleWesternDays.com or call 972.219.3401.