The Major League Eating competitor has committed to taking another bite out of the competition when MLE returns July 13 as part of the 26th Annual Slugburger Festival.
Matt “Megatoad” Stonie downed 30 slugs in 10 minutes to become the first World Slugburger Eating champion last year.
“I talked to him earlier this week and he is definitely coming back,” said Main Street Corinth Director Taylor Coombs.
Stonie may be the world champ, but Coombs is pushing local competitors to register for the event set for 4:30 p.m.
“I want a local person to win,” she said. “I think the right person is here in Corinth … all they have to do is register.”
Registration is open for the slugburger contest. Those interested can go to www.ifoce.com for more information. Contestants must be age 18 and over.
This year’s contest, which is free to the public, has been pushed back to a little later on Saturday in attempt to draw more people to the second-ever world event.
“I think it will help being moved closer to the entertainment,” said Coombs. “Those coming to check out the entertainment for that night can come a little earlier for the eating contest.”
MLE organizes, runs and promotes the event. The organization holds approximately 80 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The ESPN broadcast of the Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest has generated a higher rating than any Major League Baseball telecast on July 4 in the United States.
Last year, Borroum’s supplied 200 slug burgers with mustard, onion and pickle for the contestants. When all the eating was finished, 21 plates remained to be handed out to fans.
The world slugburger champion will receive $1,500 of the $3,000 total purse.
As for the music entertainment, Mustache The Band is slated to headline the final night of the festival at 9:30 p.m. The 90s country style band will follow Primal Heart, who takes the stage at 7, on Saturday night.
Cost for Saturday night’s music entertainment is $8.
The festival gets under way on July 11 with Slug Idol starting things at 7 p.m. followed by the band 1st Degree. Admission is $5 for the night.
On Friday night, Midtown Violets, comprised of the duo of Karen Waldrup and Ashley Thomas, goes on stage at 9:45 p.m. Matt Hoggatt & the Double D Connection, a Jimmy Buffett style group, opens things at 8 p.m.
Cost to see Friday’s entertainment is $6.
A carnival is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly during the festival. Armbands will be available for $15.
Gates open at 6 p.m. each night with children 5 and under admitted free.