Amanda Haney of Spencer, left, beats two other contestants to win the women’s round of the doughnut-eating contest Wednesday night at the Medina County Fair.
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MEDINA — It was doughnuts all around as men, women and children competed to win the Medina County Fair’s first doughnut-eating contest Wednesday night.
“Tonight we are going to have four separate rounds, each one is going to be five minutes long. Whoever eats their doughnuts first or eats the most within the five-minute limit will be deemed a winner,” contest emcee James Huff told the audience.
Women competed first followed by two rounds of children and lastly the men.
Women and children were tasked with tackling six powdered-sugar doughnuts, provided by Donut Hut, while the men faced an entire dozen.
Amanda Haney of Spencer was able to defeat two other competitors during the women’s competition and walked away with a $50 prize.
“One of my 4-H group members asked me to do it with them,” Haney said.
Jacob Noel, 13, of Lodi, was the winner in the first group of kids to compete, walking away with a $25 prize.
After the contest, Noel said his dad was his inspiration for entering the contest.
“He won the hot dog-eating contest last year and I chickened out of it, so I thought this year since it was doughnuts I was going to do it.”
After a brief round of trivia where Huff asked a random audience member three questions, including if something was older or newer than the Medina Masonic Lodge, which sponsored the event.
The lodge was established in 1820.
Sam Beneke, 13, of Valley City, took a different approach during the second round of competition for kids, choosing to dunk doughnuts in a glass of water so they would be easier to eat.
“My mom told me to put the entire doughnut into the cup so it would wash down better,” Sam told the audience after collecting his $25 cash prize.
He said he prefers strawberry doughnuts over powdered-sugar doughnuts.
In the men’s competition, winner Anthony DiSaldo ate 12 doughnuts in 1 minute, 30 seconds.
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