LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — More than 60 contestants consumed a total of 200 pizzas at Arni's 29th annual pizza eating contest Sunday evening.
The competition began with competitors eating one large cheese pizza, then consuming as many pizzas as they could in a one-hour time span.
The competition isn't judged on how fast pizzas are consumed, but how many are consumed. This year's winner ate a total of nine pizzas.
Arni's co-owner Bradley Cohen said this event is all about bringing the community together.
‘We're having a good time and it's a great cause and it's just fun to be sitting at the table, messing around with each other, their family, their friends. We've got a great crowd that supports them,” said Cohen.
Winner Joel Hansen and second place winner Eric Dreifuerst said this was an unforgettable experience.
“Arni’s did such a good job facilitating this event,” said Hansen. “Definitely a memorable event, I totally would recommend it, If you have never been here to witness it, it is one thing you have to do in your life.”
“It's just amazing to see the community in Lafayette get together for this event, there are hundreds of people here just cheering you on,” said Dreifuerst. “It was just a cool experience all around.”
Hansen went home with $1,000 and Dreifuerst went home with $500.
This competition is also a fundraiser. Arni's will be donating proceeds from the contest to Home with Hope in Lafayette.